Haplodyta polybotryaa (Turner, 1917)
(one synonym is Philobota euneta Turner, 1944)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Haplodyta polybotrya
(Photo: courtesy of Marylyn Hewish, Great Otway National Park, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species have pale brown forewings, each having some variable dark spots, and some dark patches along the costa. The hindwings are pale brown darkening at the wingtips. The head and thorax are pale brown with dark collars. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

Haplodyta polybotrya
oops: missing abdomen
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    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. 301, 303.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 41 (1917), p. 93.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of the Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. XII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 69 (1944), p. 261, No. 1729.


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    (written 10 May 2021)