Sentica felderi (Scott, 1864)
(previously known as Oecinea felderi)
PSYCHIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Harriet & Helena Scott, listed as Oecinea felderi
,
Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 9,
courtesy of the Australian Museum.

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on various herbaceous plants, including:

  • Chickweed ( Stellaria media, CARYOPHYLLACEAE ), and
  • Grass ( POACEAE )

    The caterpillars each live in a case which they cover with bits of detritus. The case grows to a length of about 2 cms.


    female, drawing by Harriet & Helena Scott, listed as Oecinea felderi
    Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 9,
    courtesy of the
    Australian Museum.

    The female adult moth of this species has dark metallic blue wings. The forewings shade to metallic green at the margins, with some scattered white spots. The hindwings each have two white spots. The wingspan of the female is about 2 cms.


    male, drawing by Harriet & Helena Scott, listed as Oecinea felderi
    ,
    Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 9,
    courtesy of the Australian Museum.

    The male adult moth of this species is dark brown with gold markings on the forewings. The wingspan of the male is about 1 cm.

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Harriet, Helena, and Alexander W. Scott,
    Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations,
    Australian Lepidoptera,
    Volume 1 (1864), p. 29, Plate 9.


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    (written 2 June 2014)