Ageletha elaeodes (Meyrick, 1883)
Elaeodes Webbing Moth
(previously known as Heliocausta elaeodes)
WINGIA GROUP,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on various:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    They live communally in shelters of partly eaten and dead leaves joined by silk, and partly covered in frass. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms.

    The Caterpillars pupate in their shelter.

    The forewings of the adult moth are pale brown with some sparse darker brown markings, a brown band along the margin, and a yellow edge to the costa. The hindwings are pale brown. The head is off-white, and the thorax is dark brown. The moths have a wingspan of up to 2.5 cm.

    The species is found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    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. 78.

    Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
    Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
    Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 48.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, VIII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 468, 474-475, No. 40.


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    (written 14 October 2019)