ELACHISTIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Lauri Kaila, from Elachistine Moths of Australia)
The Caterpillars of this species are grey with a vague broad dark line along the back, and some pale spots on the thorax. The caterpillars are smooth, long, thin, and flattened, with a pointed head and tail.
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 fawn forewings with scattered dark dots and dashes. The hindwings are plain fawn. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.
The species has been found in
Elachistine Moths of Australia: (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Elachistidae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Vol. 11,
CSIRO Publishing, 2011, pp. 17, 20, 27, 38, 54, 61, 190-192, 268, 285, 355, 412,
including Plates 11.9, 11.10, 28.4; Figs. 86, 87, 256, 257, 406.
(written 18 June 2017, updated 5 July 2017)