(one synonym : Anthoecia divitiosa Walker, 1865)
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)
This Caterpillar is pale brown with a yellowish dorsal line forking on the prothorax. The sides are marked by fine dark brown lines.
The caterpillar lives in a shelter constructed like an open tunnel, on the underside of a leaf of its food plant. The tunnel is surrounded by trellis-like arches composed of silk and frass.
The caterpillar feeds on the leaves of various :
At night, the caterpillar emerges from the shelter, and feeds from the edge of the leaf inwards until only its base and the leaf stalk remain. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms.
When ready to pupate, the caterpillar attaches itself to a leaf or its shelterby a cremaster. The pupa projects from the leaf, unprotected by a cocoon. The adult emerges after about two weeks.
The adult moth has brown forewings, each with a dark brown band in the outer area bordered by lighter areas either side flecked with silver. The hindwings are orange with a broad black margin. Raised patches of brown and orange scales on the fore wings give the wing surfaces a knobby appearance. There is also a knob on the thorax. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
It is found over most of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 236.
Revision of the Hypertrophinae (Lepidoptera, Glyphipterygidae) I,
Proceedings of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Wetenschappen,
Volume C57, Part 3 (1954) p. 280.
(updated 18 February 2010, 25 July 2023)