(one synonym : Culama mesogeia Turner, 1932)
COSSINAE, COSSIDAE, COSSOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)
These caterpillars are red, and bore along just under the bark of
The adult moths of this species have grey forewings, with a pattern of dark lines, and a vague diagonal pale band across the wingtip. The hindwings are grey, darkening to dark brown at the bases. At rest the moths wrap their wings around their body. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 26.5, p. 270.
Axel Kallies & Douglas J. Hilton,
Revision of Cossinae and small Zeuzerinae from Australia (Lepidoptera: Cossidae),
3454 (2012), pp. 6-8.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 67.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 56 (1932), p. 195-196.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 7 (1856), p. 1525, No. 1.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 92.
(updated 8 September 2012, 17 September 2013, 11 September 2019, 5 November 2020)