(Photo: courtesy of Stephen Thorpe, Auckland, New Zealand)
This Caterpillar is pale brown with a row of dark dots along each side of the back. and a large dark spot each side of the head. The tail is forked. The caterpillar bores into the leaves of :
Initially their leaf mine is straight and filled with frass, typically in a leaf of a young shoot. Later their mine turns into a blotch with frass around the periphery.
To pupate, the caterpillars leave their mine, and pupate between leaves and twigs in a flimsy white cocoon.
This moth has white forewings, each with several diagonal brown streaks, and a doubly ringed dark brown spot on the margin. The hindwings are brown. The hind-margins of the forewings, and both the costas and hind-margins of the hindwings have long white fringes. The antennae are slightly longer than the forewings. The moth has a wingspan of about 8 mm.
The species has been found in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 215-216.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. III,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 5, Part 2 (1880), p. 172.
(updated 18 May 2004, 4 March 2017, 24 July 2022)