AGONOXENIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
The moths of this species are odd, because they prefer to run rather than fly.
The Caterpillars live under the leaves of a foodplant in thin silken web, and grow to a length of about 2 cms. They feed on:
The adult moth is yellow, with a rust-coloured line along each forewing. It has a wingspan of about 1 cm. When disturbed, it wraps its wings tightly around its body and runs.
It is found in the tropical regions of Australia, including
The species is parasitised by a wasp Chelonus species ( BRACONIDAE ), which lays its eggs in the eggs of Agonoxena phoenicia, and then develops to maturity in its Caterpillar.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 24.13, p. 246.
Nielsen E.S., Edwards E.D. & Rangsi T.V. (Eds)
Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia,
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 4,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 1996, p. 98.
(updated 29 April 2013)