The Caterpillars of this family all make an extraordinary naked pupa, that stands on end like a twig.
Unfortunately, they sometimes stick it on a leaf.
The members of the family have often been assigned to other families, including OECOPHORIDAE, DEPRESSARIIDAE, and ELACHISTIDAE, but here following Nielsen et al, we treat them as separate family. They only occur in Australasia, and most feed on the foliage of various species of Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).
The 50 named Australian members of HYPERTROPHIDAE are:
(updated 31 October 2014, 12 September 2018, 28 March 2019, 16 October 2019, 18 November 2020, 24 May 2021)