(previously known as Gracillaria arenosella)
(Photo: courtesy of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research)
The Caterpillars of this species live in a web sometimes hidden under bark. They have been reported as feeding on a variety of items, including :
The adult moths of this species have forewings that are speckled brown, and that have fringes along the inner margin that are longer than the width of the rest of the wing. The hindwings narrower, and have fringes along the costa and even longer ones along the inner margin. The antennae are longer than the forewings. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
The species has been found in :
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Studies on Chelonus sp. a parasite of the coconut moth Batrachedra arenosella,
Tropical Pest Management,
Volume 30, Number 2 (1984), p. 207.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 233.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 30 (1854), p. 857, No. 42.
(updated 24 July 2012)