(one synonym: Pachyphlebius thoracicus Felder, 1874)
COSSINAE, COSSIDAE, COSSOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Anne Powell, Taylors Beach, New South Wales)
These Caterpillars bore into and live inside the stems of :
The adult moths have a pattern of light and dark fawn on the wings. They have a wingspan of about 10 cms.
The eggs are black and ellipsoidal. They are laid in circular spiral piles around stem of a foodplant, with the long axes pointing radially.
The species occurs in the south-east quarter of mainland Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 26.4, p. 270.
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.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 5 (1855), p. 1098, No. 1.
(updated 23 July 2010, 31 January 2019, 2 June 2020)