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 we treat them separately. 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)