Placocosma hephaestea Meyrick, 1883
WINGIA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Placocosma hephaestea
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth has a white head, and dark brown thorax, and dark brown forewings, each with some white patches. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Placocosma hephaestea
(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 placement of this species in genus Placocosma is doubtful, and is likely to change with further study.


    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, pp. 167, 169.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera IX Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 8, Part 3 (1883), p. 333, No. 121.


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    (written 5 October 2018)