Phereoeca praecox Gozmány & Vári, 1973
TINEINAE,   TINEIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phereoeca praecox
Caterpillar in its case
(Photo: courtesy of Maik Bippus, La Réunion)

The Caterpillar is off-white, with a dark brown head, and with brown tops to the segments of the thorax. The caterpillar lives in a silk case covered in sand and detritus particles.

Phereoeca praecox
Caterpillar in its case
(Photo: courtesy of Maik Bippus, La Réunion)

The caterpillar appears to feed on any animal material. The caterpillar refuses to eat any sort of vegetable material. Maybe it likes keratin. It seems to be particularly fond of

  • dead insects.

    The case reaches a length of about 1.2 cms.

    Phereoeca praecox
    (Photo: courtesy of Maik Bippus, La Réunion)

    The adult moth has shiny forewings that are pale brown speckled with grey, each forewing having three pairs of joined or nearly joined vague dark spots. The hindwings are a satiny brown. The wingspan is about 1.2 cms.

    Phereoeca praecox
    (Photo: courtesy of Maik Bippus, La Réunion)

    The species is found all over the world, including

  • Gambia,
  • La Réunion,
  • U.S.A.,

    as well as in

  • Australia.

    Phereoeca praecox
    empty larval case
    (Photo: courtesy of Maik Bippus, La Réunion)


    Further reading :

    L.A. Gozmány & L. Vári,
    The Tineidae of the Ethiopian Region,
    Transvaal Museum Memoirs,
    Volume 18 (1973), p. 17.


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    (written 11 December 2017, updated 13 Dcember 2017)