(formerly known as Sabatinca porphyrodes)
MICROPTERIGIDAE , MICROPTERIGOIDEA
(Drawing by George Gibbs)
These caterpillars are off-white and slug-like, with four rows of warts along the body, and some sparse bristles. The caterpillars have been found in the Periphyton layers of rotten logs. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 0.4 cms.
The adult moths of this species have forewings that are black with a purple iridescence, each with two white transverse bands. The hindwings are plain black with a purple iridescence. The head and thorax are brown, but densely covered in long white scales, except for a band of black scales at the back of the head. The legs are white with scattered black markings. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
The species has been found in
The moths have been found in large numbers clustered under the fronds of ferns, particularly Gristle Ferns (Blechnum cartilagineum).
Further reading :
George W. Gibbs,
Micropterigidae (Lepidoptera) of the Southwestern Pacific: a revision with the establishment of five new genera from Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand,
Volume 2520 (2010), pp. 7, 9-17.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 56 (1932), p. 196.
(written 17 February 2016)