(one synonym: Adela chrysolamprella Rosenstock, 1885)
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Ridgeway, Victoria)
The Caterpillars of this species have been found living in portable cases inside the seed capsules of
The adult moths have forewings that are dark metallic purple, each with a central transverse band of golden green speckles. The hindwings are pale brown. The moths have a wingspan of about 1.6 cms. The colours fade to brown in museum 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. 16.16, p. 165.
Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), p. 438, No. 223.
Tortricites & Tineites,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 28 (1863), p. 506, No. 24.
(written 25 December 2016, updated 23 August 2019)