Isomoralla pyrrhoptera (Meyrick, 1884)
(previously known as Coesyra pyrrhoptera)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Isomoralla pyrrhoptera
(Photo: courtesy of John Bromilow, Mount Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found in silk galleries in ground leaf litter, probably feeding on dead leaves of

  • Early Green Wattle ( Acacia decurrens, MIMOSACEAE ),
  • Broad-leaved Peppermint ( Eucalyptus dives, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Poverty Bush ( Kunzea ambigua, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species have dark yellow forewings each with a dark brown curved arc from the tornus to near the wingtip, and also a broad dark brown submarginal band, a partial brown line along the costa, and a dark spot near the middle. The hindwings are dark brown. The head is dark yellow. The thorax and abdomen are dark brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    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. 255-256, 258.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), p. 780-781, No. 329.


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    (written 19 April 2019)