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Concealer moth (Oecophoridae)Heliocausta sp. (genus)

A concealer moth at O'Connor, ACT

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Heliocausta sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Nov 2018
Heliocausta sp. (genus) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Nov 2018

Identification history

Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Heliocausta sp. (genus) 17 Aug 2019 ibaird
Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Heliocausta sp. (genus) 16 Aug 2019 donhe
Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) Heliocausta oecophorella 7 Aug 2019 ibaird

Author's notes

Attracted to UV led light at night.

5 comments

   16 Aug 2019
I think it better matches a Heliocausta species that is common in ACT and elsewhere on the southern tablelands. H. oecophorella is mainly a southern SA and WA moth. We have one report previously assigned to that species, although the base colours presented in the photos are quite different.
donhe wrote:
   16 Aug 2019
The BOLD webpage for H. oecophorella shows it clustered around NSW with outliers extending from Qld to Tas, SA, and WA., and shows very wide variations of forewing patterns from yellow with a large brown tornal patch to entirely brown with some dark spots to plain brown.
Is it sexually dimophic?
The intra-species variablity seems to exceed the inter-species variation, so I do not see how we can possibly determine the species from a photo.
   16 Aug 2019
BOLD has put its Heliocausta into 5 Bins. The ones that have "forewing patterns from yellow with a large brown tornal patch" are all in the same bin, and they are from SA/WA. These are the ones that ANIC has placed under H. oecophorella, and I suspect I'll find they match the type description. The other specimens in this Bin and all the others are variations of brown with dark marks , and BOLD has called many of them H. oecophorella. The variation seems to be independent of sex. I agree we can't determine the species from a photo, and think we should call them H. sp.
donhe wrote:
   16 Aug 2019
I have put links to Walker's original description, and to Meyrick's descriptions of the synonyms H. paralyrgis and H. eudoxa at the foot of the webpage
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/wing/oecophorella.html
My understanding of all three descriptions is that they all say yellow forewings with a brown area along the margin extending along the hind margin. Meyrick also describes some forewing dark spots for H. eudoxa,
but none of the three descriptions appear to mention the forewing marginal and submarginal arcs of dots apparent on this CNM 4231746 and on some of the BOLD specimens.
Maybe I am missing something?
Common in his Wingia Group book, on p. 271 fig. 501, has a photo of a specimen with forewings each having a marginal arc of spots and some submarginal spots, which he notes as Helicausta sp.
   20 Aug 2019
The evidence suggests Heliocausta sp is the best identification. It seems that the yellow form with a dark fw termen with an inwards extension( as illustrated on Butterfly House) is H. oecophorella, and the many brownish/reddish specimens with small dark marks may be H. oecophorella or even one of the other two named species, but most likely one of many potential unnamed species. ANIC has many specimens of such forms, including plenty of one from Black Mountain.

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Oxycanus dirempta (Variable Oxycanus) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 May 2019 Hyalarcta nigrescens (Ribbed Case Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 May 2019 Meritastis polygraphana (Mottled Bell Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Apr 2019 Asthenoptycha sphaltica (A Totricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Apr 2019 Meritastis pyrosemana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Apr 2019 Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum) at O'Connor, ACT - 13 Apr 2019 Proteuxoa restituta (An owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Mar 2019 Lepidoscia characota (A Case moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Mar 2019 Oenosandra boisduvalii (Boisduval's Autumn Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Mar 2019 Oenosandra boisduvalii (Boisduval's Autumn Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019 Scatochresis episema (A scat moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019 Scioglyptis lyciaria (White-patch Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019 Proteuxoa cinereicollis (A noctuid or owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019 Lipogya exprimataria (Jagged Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019 Garrha phoenopis (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Mar 2019 Meyrickella torquesauria (An Eribid Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Mar 2019 Spilosoma canescens (Light Ermine or Dark-spotted Tiger Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Feb 2019 Sandava scitisignata (A noctuid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Feb 2019 Proteuxoa sp. (genus) (A Noctuid Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Feb 2019 Orthoptila abruptella (A Gelechid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019 Heteroteucha occidua (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019 Phylomictis maligna (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019 Chrysonoma catoptrina (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019 Telocharacta sp. (genus) (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019 Scoliacma nana (Diminutive Footman) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019 Dichelia clarana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Feb 2019 Meranda susialis (Three-lined Snout Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Feb 2019 Lipogya exprimataria (Jagged Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Feb 2019 Epitymbia alaudana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Feb 2019 Tracholena sulfurosa (A tortrix moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2019 Isomoralla eriscota (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2019 Salma pyrastis (A Pyralid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2019 Compsotropha selenias (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019 Paropsis intermedia (Eucalyptus leaf beetle) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019 Cleora sp. (genus) (A Looper Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019 Diatenes aglossoides (An Eribid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019 Dysbatus singularis (Dry-country Line-moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019 Dasygnathus trituberculatus (Rhinoceros beetle) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019 Gastrinodes argoplaca (Cryptic Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019 Thema psammoxantha (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019 Paropsis charybdis (Eucalyptus leaf beetle) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019 Macrobathra chrysotoxa (A cosmet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019 Limnaecia camptosema (A Cosmet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019 Mataeomera coccophaga (Brown Scale-moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 23 Jan 2019 Leptocneria reducta (White cedar moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Jan 2019 Cicadellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified leafhopper) at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Jan 2019 Isomoralla pyrrhoptera (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Jan 2019 Hygraula nitens (Australian Pond Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Jan 2019 Destolmia lineata (Streaked Notodontid) at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Jan 2019 Cyclocephala signaticollis (Argentinian scarab) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018 Mormoscopa phricozona (A Herminiid Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018 Cryptophasa sp. (genus) (A Timber moth (subfamily Xyloryctidae)) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018 Cryptophasa sp. (genus) (A Timber moth (subfamily Xyloryctidae)) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018 Ectopatria horologa (A Noctuid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018 Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018 Proteuxoa hypochalchis (An owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018 Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018 Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018 Lichenaula arisema (A Xyloryctine moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018 Nola vernalis (Dagger Tuft-moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018 Moerarchis inconcisella (A tineid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018 Aporoctena sp. (genus) (A Geometrid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018 Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018 Tortricopsis uncinella (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Agrotis porphyricollis (Variable Cutworm) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Thallarcha chrysochares (Tiger Footman) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Proteuxoa verecunda (A noctuid moth, owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Uraba lugens (Gum-leaf Skeletoniser) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Pantydia sp. (genus) (An Erebid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Phelotis cognata (Long-fringed Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Euproctis marginalis (Margined Browntail Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Anestia sp. (genus) (A tiger moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018 Proteuxoa tibiata (An Owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 3 Dec 2018 Gastrinodes argoplaca (Cryptic Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 3 Dec 2018 Cryphaea xylina (Woodland Geometrid) at O'Connor, ACT - 3 Dec 2018 Pseudanapaea sp. (genus) (A cup moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Dec 2018 Termessa zonophanes (Double Yellow-patched Footman) at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Dec 2018 Euproctis marginalis (Margined Browntail Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 30 Nov 2018 Unidentified Other moth (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Nov 2018 Euphronarcha luxaria (Striated Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Nov 2018 Unidentified Pyralid or Snout Moth (Pyralidae & Crambidae) (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018 Unidentified Other moth (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018 Armactica conchidia (Conchidia Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018 Barea sp. (genus) (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018 Unidentified Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Nov 2018 Cydia pomonella (Codling Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Nov 2018 Eupselia aristonica (A Twig Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Melanodes anthracitaria (Black Geometrid) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Scoparia spelaea (A Crambid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Compsotropha strophiella (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Epiphyas ashworthana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Chloroclystis approximata (Plumed or Cherry Looper) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Euphona euphona (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Eusemocosma pruinosa (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Ageletha hemiteles (Webbing Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Halone coryphoea (Eastern Halone) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Taxeotis intermixtaria (Dark-edged Taxeotis) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Cryptophasa sp. (genus) (A Timber moth (subfamily Xyloryctidae)) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018 Unplaced externaria (Mahogany Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Oct 2018 Prorocopis euxantha (Golden Crest) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Oct 2018
Oxycanus dirempta (Variable Oxycanus) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 May 2019
Hyalarcta nigrescens (Ribbed Case Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 May 2019
Meritastis polygraphana (Mottled Bell Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Apr 2019
Asthenoptycha sphaltica (A Totricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Apr 2019
Meritastis pyrosemana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Apr 2019
Trichosurus vulpecula (Common Brushtail Possum) at O'Connor, ACT - 13 Apr 2019
Proteuxoa restituta (An owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Mar 2019
Lepidoscia characota (A Case moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Mar 2019
Oenosandra boisduvalii (Boisduval's Autumn Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Mar 2019
Oenosandra boisduvalii (Boisduval's Autumn Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019
Scatochresis episema (A scat moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019
Scioglyptis lyciaria (White-patch Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019
Proteuxoa cinereicollis (A noctuid or owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019
Lipogya exprimataria (Jagged Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 28 Mar 2019
Garrha phoenopis (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Mar 2019
Meyrickella torquesauria (An Eribid Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 8 Mar 2019
Spilosoma canescens (Light Ermine or Dark-spotted Tiger Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Feb 2019
Sandava scitisignata (A noctuid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Feb 2019
Proteuxoa sp. (genus) (A Noctuid Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Feb 2019
Orthoptila abruptella (A Gelechid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019
Heteroteucha occidua (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019
Phylomictis maligna (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019
Chrysonoma catoptrina (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019
Telocharacta sp. (genus) (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019
Scoliacma nana (Diminutive Footman) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Feb 2019
Dichelia clarana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Feb 2019
Meranda susialis (Three-lined Snout Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Feb 2019
Lipogya exprimataria (Jagged Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 16 Feb 2019
Epitymbia alaudana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 11 Feb 2019
Tracholena sulfurosa (A tortrix moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2019
Isomoralla eriscota (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2019
Salma pyrastis (A Pyralid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 6 Feb 2019
Compsotropha selenias (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019
Paropsis intermedia (Eucalyptus leaf beetle) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019
Cleora sp. (genus) (A Looper Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019
Diatenes aglossoides (An Eribid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019
Dysbatus singularis (Dry-country Line-moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019
Dasygnathus trituberculatus (Rhinoceros beetle) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Jan 2019
Gastrinodes argoplaca (Cryptic Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Thema psammoxantha (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Paropsis charybdis (Eucalyptus leaf beetle) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Macrobathra chrysotoxa (A cosmet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Limnaecia camptosema (A Cosmet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 24 Jan 2019
Mataeomera coccophaga (Brown Scale-moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 23 Jan 2019
Leptocneria reducta (White cedar moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Jan 2019
Cicadellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified leafhopper) at O'Connor, ACT - 15 Jan 2019
Isomoralla pyrrhoptera (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Jan 2019
Hygraula nitens (Australian Pond Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Jan 2019
Destolmia lineata (Streaked Notodontid) at O'Connor, ACT - 7 Jan 2019
Cyclocephala signaticollis (Argentinian scarab) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018
Mormoscopa phricozona (A Herminiid Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018
Cryptophasa sp. (genus) (A Timber moth (subfamily Xyloryctidae)) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018
Cryptophasa sp. (genus) (A Timber moth (subfamily Xyloryctidae)) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Dec 2018
Ectopatria horologa (A Noctuid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018
Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018
Proteuxoa hypochalchis (An owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018
Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018
Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 10 Dec 2018
Lichenaula arisema (A Xyloryctine moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018
Nola vernalis (Dagger Tuft-moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018
Moerarchis inconcisella (A tineid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018
Aporoctena sp. (genus) (A Geometrid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018
Yoyetta sp. (genus) (Firetail or Ambertail Cicada) at O'Connor, ACT - 9 Dec 2018
Tortricopsis uncinella (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Agrotis porphyricollis (Variable Cutworm) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Thallarcha chrysochares (Tiger Footman) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Proteuxoa verecunda (A noctuid moth, owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Uraba lugens (Gum-leaf Skeletoniser) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Pantydia sp. (genus) (An Erebid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Phelotis cognata (Long-fringed Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Euproctis marginalis (Margined Browntail Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Anestia sp. (genus) (A tiger moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Dec 2018
Proteuxoa tibiata (An Owlet moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 3 Dec 2018
Gastrinodes argoplaca (Cryptic Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 3 Dec 2018
Cryphaea xylina (Woodland Geometrid) at O'Connor, ACT - 3 Dec 2018
Pseudanapaea sp. (genus) (A cup moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Dec 2018
Termessa zonophanes (Double Yellow-patched Footman) at O'Connor, ACT - 2 Dec 2018
Euproctis marginalis (Margined Browntail Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 30 Nov 2018
Unidentified Other moth (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 29 Nov 2018
Euphronarcha luxaria (Striated Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 25 Nov 2018
Unidentified Pyralid or Snout Moth (Pyralidae & Crambidae) (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018
Unidentified Other moth (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018
Armactica conchidia (Conchidia Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018
Barea sp. (genus) (A concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 19 Nov 2018
Unidentified Concealer moth (Oecophoridae) (TBC) at O'Connor, ACT - 18 Nov 2018
Cydia pomonella (Codling Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 17 Nov 2018
Eupselia aristonica (A Twig Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Melanodes anthracitaria (Black Geometrid) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Scoparia spelaea (A Crambid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Compsotropha strophiella (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Epiphyas ashworthana (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Chloroclystis approximata (Plumed or Cherry Looper) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Euphona euphona (A Tortricid moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Eusemocosma pruinosa (A Concealer moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Ageletha hemiteles (Webbing Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Halone coryphoea (Eastern Halone) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Taxeotis intermixtaria (Dark-edged Taxeotis) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Cryptophasa sp. (genus) (A Timber moth (subfamily Xyloryctidae)) at O'Connor, ACT - 4 Nov 2018
Unplaced externaria (Mahogany Bark Moth) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Oct 2018
Prorocopis euxantha (Golden Crest) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Oct 2018

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.113158-35.259584
  • Altitude 589.7m
  • Places O'Connor, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 18 Nov 2018 11:12 PM Recorded on
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