(previously known as Simaethis ophiosema)
CHOREUTINAE, CHOREUTIDAE, SESIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Lee-Anne Percival, Perth, Western Australia)
The caterpillars of this species are pale brown with four black warts on the side of each segment.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on:
The caterpillars live in a silk shelter in a partly curled leaf. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 1 cm. They pupate in their silk shelter.
The pupa is brown, with a length of about 5 mms.
The adults have forewings and hindwings that have complex patterns of orange and brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species is found in :
as well as in Australia in:
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 20 (1896), pp. 167-168.
(updated 25 October 2008, 24 April 2020)