Garrha phoenopis (Turner, 1916)
(previously known as Machimia phoenopis)
WINGIA GROUP,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Garrha phoenopis
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has pale brown forewings which each have a variable pattern of brown spots and a brown diagonal band, and a red edge to the costa and margin. The legs are red too. The hindwings are a uniform brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

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


    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, p. 301.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Microlepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 41 (1916), p. 371.


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    (written 2 October 2018)