(also known as Anatrachyntis terminella)
COSMOPTERIGINAE , COSMOPTERIGIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graham McDonald, Mudgeeraba, Queensland)
These Caterpillars have been found in some very unlikely places :
The adult moth has a wingspan of about 0.8 cm. It has brown and white patterned forewings, each with a dark submarginal band. The hindwings have trailing hairy fringes that are as long as the wings are wide. The eyes are red. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in:
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, Fig. 25.1, p. 254.
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club Newsletter,
Issue 46 (September 2007), pp. 13-14.
Graham J. McDonald,
Moths - The Weird and the Wonderful,
Issue 68 (March 2013), pp. 13-16,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 30 (1864), pp. 855-856, No. 38.
(updated 27 April 2007, 11 October 2013, 2 February 2014)