Phauloplana illuta (Meyrick, 1885)
(previously known as Ocystola illuta)
WINGIA GROUP,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phauloplana illuta
(Photo: courtesy of John Bromilow, Mount Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillar of this species has been found feeding on

  • Red Ironbark ( Eucalyptus tereticornis, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar lives in a shelter formed by joining leaves with silk, and when mature: it pupates in its shelter.

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

    The adult moth has yellow forewings, each with a faint brownish band along the margin and the inner margin. The hindwings are pale brown. The head is yellow with a brown collar, and the thorax is yellow. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading:

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, pp. 350-354, 365.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part X,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Part 4 (1885), pp. 1074-1075, No. 385.


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    (written 15 November 2019)