Philobota xerodes (Lower, 1900)
(formerly known as Machaeritis xerodes)
Philobota arabella Group
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The male adult moths of this species are off-white, with forewings that each have clusters of brown speckles, some forming a tapering brown line along the costa. The hindwings of the male are of-white shading to pale brown at the wingtips. The male moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.

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

The female moths are brown with reduced wings, so that the females cannot fly.

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • New South Wales.

    Philobota xerodes
    female
    (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, p. 289

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 25 (1900), p. 414.


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    (written 6 December 2018)