Philobota transversella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym is Philobota capnochroa Lower, 1920)
Philobota arabella Group
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota transversella
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moths of this species are off-white, with forewings that each have a dark base, some sparse brown speckles, some dark spots, and having one or more speckled brown ticks along the costa. The hindwings are of-white shading to pale brown at the wingtips. The moths reach a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • South Australia.


    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. 277, 289

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 44 (1920), p. 62.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), pp. 763, No. 163.


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    (written 5 December 2018)