Oecobia frauenfeldi Scott, 1864
PSYCHIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Harriet Scott,

Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 9,
courtesy of the Australian Museum.

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on :

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars each live in a case covered in parallel sticks of nearly equal lengths. The case grows to a length of about 2 cms.


    female, drawing by Harriet Scott,

    Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 9,
    courtesy of the Australian Museum.

    The female adult moth of this species is black with white dashes on the forewings. The wingspan of the female is about 2.5 cms.

    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. 28, Plate 9.


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    (written 2 June 2014)