Erechthias acontistes Meyrick, 1880
ERECHTHIINAE,   TINEIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species are off-white, with a brown head and a brown second segment. The caterpillars have been found boring into the stems of

  • Sydney Grass Trees- ( Xanthorrhoea australis, ASPHODELACEAE ),

    leaving a pile of refuse around the mouth of their borehole. The caterpillars pupate in the refuse pile.

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

    The adult moth has brown forewings each with a dark-edged white streak, and white chevrons pointing at an eye-spot on the margin. The hindwings are brown with dark veins. The head is white. The wingspan is about 1.2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 19.20, etc.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. IV. Tineina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 5, Part 2 (1880), pp. 266-267.

    Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
    Tineid Genera of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993, fig. 660, etc.


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    (written 10 February 2019)