(one synonym: Epipyrops doddi Rothschild, 1906)
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
This moth was originally bred from parasitic caterpillars on several species of
The early instars of the caterpillar are orange and red, but later become white, and coated with a waxy covering. When mature, the caterpillars leave their host, and form a white cocoon on a blade of grass or some such nearby. The cocoon resembles the waxy coating of a Fulgorid insect.
The adult moth has dark brown wings which look speckled because the wing scales detach very easily with handling. The forewings are twice the span of the hindwings. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Robert Cyril Layton Perkins,
Leaf-hoppers and their natural enemies (Pt. II. Epipyropidae) Lepidoptera,
Bulletin of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association Experimental Station,
Entomological Series 1 (1905) p. 82, No. 1.
Lionel Walter Rothschild,
On a new parasitic Tineid moth from Queensland discovered by F.P. Dodd,
Volume 13 (1906), pp. 162-169.
(written 11 April 2019)