(one synonym: Anthoecia divitiosa Walker, 1865)
This Caterpillar is brown with cream bands along its back and sides.
The caterpillar hides in a lacy tunnel formed of strings of frass held together with silk.
It feeds on new shoots of various sorts of:
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. When ready to pupate, it leaves its lacy shelter, and crawls along a leaf, and attaches itself to the leaf by a cremaster. The pupa when formed sticks out from the leaf, unprotected by a cocoon.
The adult moth has brown forewings, each with a pale speckled transverse line, and several dark spots and patches. The hindwings are bright yellow with black margins. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.1, p. 236.
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 198, No. 964.
(updated 31 March 2011, 23 November 2021, 1 March 2022)