Philobota xanthastis (Meyrick, 1889)
(formerly known as Mesolecta xanthastis)
Philobota embologramma Group
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth of this species has yellow forewings, each with one or two brown stripes along the costa, a ragged dark brown submarginal arc, and three or four dark brown spots. The hindwings are brown. Head is yellow, and the thorax is brown with a yellow crest on the the meta-thorax. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia.

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


    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. 266, 285-286.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. XV. Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3, Number 4 (1889), p. 1602, No. 626 (163b).


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    (written 6 December 2018)