Stictochila myriospila (Lower, 1903)
(one synonym: Philobota ethnitis Meyrick, 1920)
WINGIA GROUP,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Stictochila myriospila
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Mcmaster, Mount Mellum, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species has been found living in a portable case made from a rolled up piece if Gum Tree bark, and feeding on the ground on the dead leaves of

  • Gum TRees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has off-white forewings each with a lot of black dots. The hindwings are pale brown, shading darker toward the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Tasmania.


    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. 137-138.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new species of Xysmatodoma, etc.,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 27 (1903), p. 222.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepideoptera,
    Volume 2 (1920), p. 384.


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    (written 21 February 2019)