Leptobelistis isthmodes (Meyrick, 1922)
(formerly known as Oegoconia isthmodes)
XYLORYCTIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Leptobelistis isthmodes
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moth of this species has off-white forewings, each with a dark brown markings including around the base, two jagged, sometimes broken, transverse bars, and along the margin, including a dark brown tuft of cilia at the tornus. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan of the moths is about 1.5 cms.

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

The species occurs in Australia in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian McMillan,
    Leptobelistis,
    Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Thursday, July 22, 2010.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepideoptera,
    Volume 2 (1922), pp. 506-507.


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    (written 13 January 2019)