COSMOPTERIGINAE , COSMOPTERIGIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graham McDonald, Mudgeeraba, Queensland)
The Caterpillars are leaf miners in grasses ( POACEAE ) and sedges ( CYPERACEAE ).
This moth is dark brown with some narrow white streaks, and a bright orange band across each forewing. The orange band is itself edged with black-edged white lines. The outer black edge to the outer white edge to the orange band on each forewing has tuft of long black hairs. The hindwings are plain brown. The inner margin of each wing is edged with hairs that are longer than the width of the wing. The eyes are red. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Graham J. McDonald,
Moths - The Weird and the Wonderful,
Issue 68 (March 2013), pp. 13-16,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Descriptions of Australian Microlepidoptera. XVII. Elachistidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 22 (1897), p. 340, No. 82.
(written 3 February 2014, updated 7 february 2014)