(one synonym is Simaethis pyrrhoclista Meyrick, 1922)
CHOREUTINAE, CHOREUTIDAE, SESIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are greyish-yellow with dark marbling. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of Fig Trees (Ficus species, MORACEAE) including
The caterpillars live in a shelter made of leaves webbed together. The caterpillars pupate in a white silk cocoon on the upper surface of a leaf.
The adults moths have forewings with a complex pattern of brown with grey speckles. The hindwings are orange and brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. IV. Tineina,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 5, Number 2 (1880), pp. 211-212.
Volume 2 (1922), p. 486.
(written 7 September 2018, updated 29 July 2019, 13 April 2020)