(formerly known as Protolechia catarrhacta)
(Photo: courtesy of Donna Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is brown, with rows of off-white marks along the body, except for the first two abdominal segments which are dark grey. The head is yellow with a white collar.
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, 27 April 2019, 12 October 2020)