Ptyoptila matutinella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym: Machimia miltosticha Turner, 1946)
WINGIA GROUP,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ptyoptila matutinella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

This adult moth has pale rusty brown forewings each often with two dark dots near the middle, and shading to orange then red at the margins. The hindwings are pale brown, shading darker toward the margins.

Ptyoptila matutinella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The moths erect a crest of hairs on the thorax. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

The species has been found in:

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

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


    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. 16, 249-252, 258.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Oecophoridae XIII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 70, Parts 3-4 (1946) pp. 113-114.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 689.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)