Cosmaresta niphias (Meyrick, 1884)
(one synonym is Philobota goniotypa Turner, 1944)
WINGIA GROUP,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Cosmaresta niphias
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The forewings of the adult moth of this species have white forewings, each with a pattern of brown markings. The hindwings are off-white, darkening toward the wing-tips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Cosmaresta niphias
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The species has been found in

  • Tasmania.

    Cosmaresta niphias
    (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. 100, 101.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Number 3 (1884), pp. 724, No. 260.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of the Australian Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae: XII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 69 (1944), pp. 255-256, No. 1664.


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    (written 27 December 2020)