(formerly known as Protolechia catarrhacta)
(Photo: courtesy of Donna Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is brown with rows of off-white dots along the body. The head is yellow with a white collar. The dark segments in the specimen illustrated here show that it is infected with a parasitic Tachinid Fly larva.
The caterpillar lives in a shelter composed of a pair of foodplant leaves joined with silk. The caterpillar has been found feeding on
The pupa is brown and formed in the shelter.
The adult moths of this species have cream forewings each with dark brown markings including a wavy stripe along the hind margin. The hindwings are pale brown. There is sometimes a white patch on the head. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
The species has been found in Australia in
Further reading :
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XVIII: Gelechiadae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 29 (1900), p. 366, No. 170.
(written 12 January 2017, updated 17 October 2018)