HELIOCOSMA Group, TORTRICOIDEA
caterpillars in cases covered in dried debris
(Photo: courtesy of Michael Sim, Jerrabomberra, Australian Capital Territory)
The caterpillars of this species are off-white with four brown stripes on the head extending along the body.
The caterpillars construct and live in a portable case covered haphazardly in flower petals and/or vegetative detritus.
The caterpillars appear to feed on the flowers of
The caterpillars normally only project their head and thorax out of the case far enough to crawl around and feed. The case grows to a length of about 2 cms. The caterpillars pupate in their case, which can be left in full view on the flower on which they were feeding.
The adult moths of this species have silvery white forewings with variable grey-edged black patches, The forewings have areas of raised scales. The hindwings are pale brown. The long labial palps are white and hairy, and held straight out in front of the head. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species occurs Australia, having been found in :
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 49 (1925), p. 46.
(written 1 December 2016, updated 4 December 2022)