Conchylis fuscicepsana Walker, 1863
(also known as Cochylis fuscicepsana)
EPITYMBIINI,   TORTRICINAE,   TORTRICIDAE,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Conchylis fuscicepsana
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has off-white forewings, each with with brown speckles and three sometimes incomplete brown bands. The palps are yellow and the head is dark brown. The thorax is yellow edged with dark brown The hindwings are plain grey-brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    The genus of this moth is controversial. The Checklist lists Cochylis Treitschke, 1829, and Conchylis Sodoffsky, 1837, as synonyms. Thus Cochylis is the senior synonym. However: Walker used the junior name Conchylis. The Checklist also suggested placing this species its own genus as Fuscicepsana fuscicepsana. Here we list it under Walker's original name.


    Further reading

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 364, No. 118.


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    (written 12 October 2017)