ELACHISTIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
Elachistine Moths of Australia)
The Caterpillars of this species are smooth, long, and thin, with a pointed head and tail. The caterpillars are grey with a dark head and thorax. Abdominal segments 6,7,and 8 are black. The caterpillars can display a bright orange and black pattern. The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillars bore downwards into a leaf of their foodplant creating a translucent yellowish mine between the upper and lowers skins of the leaf. The mine is initially narrow, and broadens as the caterpillar matures, reaching a length of up to 12 cms.
When mature: the caterpillar exits the mine and forms a naked pupa attached to an adjacent leaf by a silk girdle and some hooks on the underside of the pupa.
The adult moths have patchy fawn forewings, and plain fawn hindwings. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.
Eggs are laid on the edge of a leaf blade.
The species has been found in
Elachistine Moths of Australia: (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Elachistidae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Vol. 11,
CSIRO Publishing, 2011, pp. 5, 60, 195-197, 268, 413,
including Plate 11.15; Figs. 89, 90, 408.
(written 16 June 2017)