Black Headed Fairy Longhorn Moth
(one synonym: Nemotois topazias Meyrick, 1893)
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)
The Caterpillars of this species live in a case constructed of debris joined with silk. The caterpillars have been found feeding on the flowers of
The adult moths have forewings that are dark metallic purple, each with a yellow spot near the base, and a central transverse band of gold or green speckles. The hindwings are off-white shading to pale brown at the margins. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm. The forewing colour fades to brown in dead specimens. Their antennae are nearly twice as long as the wings.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 16.15, p. 165.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: XVI: Tineidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 7, Part 4 (1892), pp. 483, 485-486, No. 3.
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 290.
(written 19 June 2016, updated 27 June 2018)