Philobota sophia Turner, 1896
Philobota arabella Group
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have white and yellow forewings, subdivided by a network of broad brown lines into five main areas, some areas white, some yellow, and some partly white and partly yellow. There is a partial yellow stripe along the costa, and the area along the hind margin is all yellow. The hindwings are brown, All four wings have yellow fringes The face is brown, the head is yellow, and the thorax brown outlined in yellow. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • New South Wales.


    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, p. 288.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of Micro-lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 20 (1896), p. 26.


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    (written 4 December 2018)