Eretmocera dioctis (Meyrick, 1897)
(previously known as Aeraula dioctis)
SCYTHRIDIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eretmocera dioctis
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

These caterpillars have been found feeding on grasses ( POACEAE ) including :

  • Rhodes Grass ( Chloris gayana ), and
  • Curly Windmill Grass ( Enteropogon acicularis ).

    Eretmocera dioctis
    (Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

    The adult moths have forewings which are dark brown with yellow blotches. The hindwings are yellow with a margin of long black hairs. The moth has an orange abdomen which has a tuft of black hairs on the tip. The moths only have a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    The species has been found in:

  • Western Australia,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 5.28, p. 266.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Microlepidoptera. XVII. Elachistidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22 (1897), p. 370, No. 133.


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    (updated 31 March 2013)