early larva, black and white line drawing by H. Knight,
in Dodds & Meyrick: 'Some remarkable ant-friend Lepidoptera of Queensland',
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1911, Plate XLVIII, fig. 16,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.
Caterpillars in this family are unusual in that they superficially resemble Woodlice ( ONISCIDEA ). They feed on the dried sugary masses created by
The caterpillars form a cocoon on the branch of the tree where they were feeding.
Adult moths have dark brown wings, with a vague dark mark on each forewing. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in
Further reading :
Supplement to F.P. Dodds' Some remarkable ant-friend Lepidoptera of Queensland,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1911, pp. 589-590 and also Plate 48, figs. 16 & 17.
(written 2 April 2017)