Phytotrypa propriella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym: Philobota campyla Meyrick, 1889)
WINGIA GROUP,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Stuart Harris, Black Mountain, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth of this species has forewings which are brown, usually with three white stripes: one along the costa, one along the middle of the wing from base to margin, and short one near the tornus. There is a brown comma mark near the middle of the central white stripe. The hindwings are pale brown, shading darker toward the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


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

The species has been found in:

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


    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. 206.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XV Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3, Part 4 (1889), pp. 1617-1618, No. 691.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 691.


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    (written 16 October 2018)