HYPERTROPHIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
These Caterpillars are off-white with vague dark lines along the body. The caterpillars live in a sinuous tubular gallery between foodplant leaves, The caterpillars feed nocturnally on the foliage of:
The pupa is formed naked and attached by the tail perpendicular to a twig or leaf.
The adult moth has pale brown or yellow forewings each with a broad dark brown margin, and a bunch of black spots near the tornus. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera IV Tineina,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 5, Part 2 (1880), pp. 220-222.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 97.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 78.
(updated 25 September 2011, 14 May 2016)