(previously known as Gracilaria ida)
GRACILLARIINAE, GRACILLARIIDAE, GRACILLARIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This Caterpillar has been found feeding on
The caterpillar initially mines a leaf, then curls it to construct a shelter. It continues to feed on the leaf before pupating in a flat silk coon in its shelter.
The adult moths have forewings with a complex pattern of rusty reddish-brown and white. The hind margins of all of the wings are heavily fringed. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 20.6, p. 198.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera: III: Tineina,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 5, Part 2 (1880), pp. 155-156.
(updated 8 November 2012)