Scieropepla serina Meyrick, 1890
(one synonym is Procometis trispora Turner, 1939)
XYLORYCTIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on dead leaves on fallen branches of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths have fawn forewings, each with several dark spots. The hindwings are off-white, darkening toward the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 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,
  • Tasmania, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 23.3, p. 228.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera, Part I, Xyloryctidae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 13 (1890), p. 70, No. 79.


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    (written 9 February 2020)