Purple-sheen Concealer Moth
Ventral
Ellura
Pale Concealer Moth
Pale Morph, profile
 
                      
Purple-sheen Concealer Moth (Philobota ancylotoxa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Oecophorid Moth (:Gelechioidea Oecophoridae)
Species: Purple-sheen Concealer Moth (Philobota ancylotoxa)
This Photo:     Outside
Synonym: Philobota biophora

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
According to Don Herbison-Evans, the wingspan of these is ~25mm where as the very similar Isomoralla curriculata (which we thought this was) has a wingspan of ~15mm.
These look satiny with a purple sheen on the dark markings.
Philobota ancylotoxa is in the same Bold BIN as P. biophora, meaning they are the same species. But that hasn't been picked up th AFD yet.
Measured wingspan of 3 we captured, ~23-28mm .
We found these in September & October.

Similar Species: Small Concealer Moth (Philobota sp ES05)

Copyright © 2012-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Oct-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.