Philarista porphyrinella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Brunia intersecta T.P. Lucas, 1890)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillar of this species bores into the stems of :

  • Native Cherry ( Exocarpus cupressiformis, SANTALACEAE ),

    feeding on the wood and the bark. It covers the entrance hole with silk and frass.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth has white forewings, each with a broad dark brown stripe and margin. The hindwings are pale yellow with a dark mark at the upper margin. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Queensland and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 6.6, p. 229.

    Ian McMillan,
    Philarista, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Friday, July 9, 2010.


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    (updated 26 July 2006)