Monopis monacha Zagalujev, 1972
TINEINAE ,   TINEIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Monopis monacha
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to live in a silk case, and to feed on animal products like hair, feathers, and droppings.

The adult moth has black forewings, each with a big white patch on the costa. The hindwings, head, and thorax are off-white. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species is found in

  • Indonesia,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

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

    A.K. Zagulyaev,
    New and little known species of Tineidae, Deuterotineidae, Ochsenheimeriidae (Lepidoptera), Trudy Zoologicheskogo Instituta, Akademiya Nauk SSSR,
    Volume 52 (1972), p. 352.


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