LECITHOCERIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
These caterpillars are initially pink, but later instars are brown. They are very hairy. They feed in leaf litter on moist dead gum leaves.
They pupate in the leaf litter between two leaves in silk shelter covered in hairs and detritus.
The adult moths have brown forewings each with a broad dark marginal band that has a pale smudge. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
The species is found in
and over much of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 52.7, pl. 5.17, pp. 262,263.
On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1886, Part 3, pp. 277-278, No. 149.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 102.
(updated 11 September 2011)