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Concealer Moth

Tachystola stenoptera

Description:

A small moth about 8 mm long. The major part of both fore wings were glossy and a pale yellow and submarginal areas were brown, with a diffuse deep brown line separating the two. Wings were held flat. A small head appeared yellow with brown colouring to the posterior area. Could not photograph details of head. Antennae probably held under wings.

Habitat:

Spotted under bright lights, near native trees.

Notes:

My thanks to Stephen Solomons for the ID. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:T... http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhobern/302... Family: Oecophoridae Subfamily: Oecophorinae

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2 Comments

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 7 years ago

They can be confusing. I had seen this one on the list recently while hunting something else

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Thank you for looking at this Stephen and for the ID suggestion. I did have a look at concealer moths but I hesitated for two reasons:
-I could not see the re-curved labial palps clearly ( ? bad photo)
- The trailing margin of wing was held flat with very little fringe ( maybe this is just a variation?). D. Hobern's photos on Flickr look more like mine. Thanks again.

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 20, 2013
Submitted on Oct 23, 2013

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