(one synonym is Chezala nugax Meyrick, 1920)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Andrew Mitchell)
The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on dead leaves of:
The caterpillars are thought to live in a case made from dead leaves joined with silk, later instars carrying their cases around with them, and in due course, pupating in their final case.
The adult moth has pale brown forewings that each have brown speckles and spots, more densely speckled towards the margin, Each forewing has a prominent elongated dark dot near the middle. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in:
Ian F.B. Common,
Oecophorine genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
CSIRO Publishing, 1997, pp. 144-145, 150.
Volume 1 (1914), p. 221.
Volume 2 (1920), pp. 382-383.
(written 14 December 2018)