Philobota hydara Group
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Leuba Ridgway, Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria)
These Caterpillars feed on
and have been a minor pest on pastures in 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
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.
Volume 1 (1915), p. 273.
(written 4 February 2017, updated 21 May 2018, 4 October 2020)