Nemotyla oribates Nielsen, McQuillan & Common, 1992
Cushion Plant Moth
OEGOCONIINAE ,   SYMMOCIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillar of this species tunnels into various plants that form cushions or mats.

The adult moth is mainly dark, with irregular pale bars across each forewing. The hindwings are brown, fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 1.3 cms.

It is considered to be a vulnerable species. It is only known to occur in

  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ebbe S.Nielsen, E.D. Edwards, & T.V. Rangsi (Eds),
    Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne (1996), p. 115.

    Ebbe S. Nielsen, Peter B. McQuillan & Ian F.B. Common,
    The Tasmanian Cushion Plant Moth Nemotyla oribates gen. n., sp. n.: systematics and biology (Lepidoptera: Oecophoride, Xyloryctinae),
    Journal of the Australian Entomological Society,
    Volume 31 (1992), pp. 47-56.


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    (updated 15 December 2009, 11 March 2017)