Philobota physaula Meyrick, 1914
Philobota hydara Group
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota physaula
(Photo: courtesy of Leuba Ridgway, Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria)

These Caterpillars feed on

  • Grass ( POACEAE ),

    and have been a minor pest on pastures in Victoria.

    Philobota physaula
    (Photo: courtesy of Leuba Ridgway, Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria)

    The adult moth of this species has off-white forewings, which each have pale brown streaks from base to margin along the costa and along the middle, and a yellow patchon the hindmargin near the base. The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    Philobota physaula
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further Reading:

    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, pp. 267, 270.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Tortricidae
    Exotic Microlepidoptera,
    Volume 1 (1915), p. 273.


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    (written 4 February 2017, updated 21 May 2018, 4 October 2020)