Hemibela actinodes (Turner, 1940)
(previously known as Coesyra actinodes)
WINGIA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hemibela actinodes
(Photo: courtesy of Katarina Christenson, Melba, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species probably live in a hollowed out twig which they carry around. The caterpillars probably feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars probably pupate in their twig, anchoring it to a branch or convenient object.

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

    The adult moths have a yellow head, a brown thorax, and forewings that are half brown and half yellow, with a brown streak along the basal half of the costa, and dark brown marginal fringes. The hindwings are plain dark brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, p. 327.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. IX,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 65 (1940), p. 445, No. 1311.


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    (written 6 January 2021)