Metura phyllosacca Beaver, 2020
PSYCHIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Metura phyllosacca
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Banyabba, New South Wales)

The Caterpillar covers its case with dried pieces of leaf. The case can grow to a length of up to 10 cms. The caterpillar is thought to feed on:

  • Red Ash ( Alphitonia excelsa, RHAMNACEAE ).

    Metura phyllosacca
    (Photo: courtesy of Victor Fazio, Tinonee, New South Wales)

    The adult moth is basically black, with yellow hairs on the head, on the sides of the thorax, and between the segments of the abdomen. The undersides of the thorax and abdomen are yellow. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

    Metura phyllosacca
    (Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Caparra, New South Wales)

    The species has been found Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Metura phyllosacca
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Caparra, New South Wales)


    Further reading :

    Ethan Beaver,
    Revision of the genus Metura (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) with description of two new species,
    Zootaxa,
    Volume 4861, Part 2 (October 2020), pp. 188-210.


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    (written 16 October 2020)