Philobota laxeuta Group
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, Victoria)
These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of
The forewings of the adult moth of this species are each speckled grey or brown with a scattering of small darker spots, especially around the margin, and two larger dark marks along the costa, and a dark band around the base. The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in
Ian F.B. Common,
Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
CSIRO Publishing, 1997, p.275.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part IX Oecophoridae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 8, Part 3 (1883), pp. 376-377, No. 168.
(written 28 January 2017, updated 20 October 2018, 4 October 2020)