PECTINIVALVINAE, NEPTICULIDAE, NEPTICULOIDEA
oops: abdomen is missing
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this species are leaf miners, eating the flesh beween the upper and lower epidermis of a leaf of their food-plant. They feed on the leaves of Gum Trees such as
The adult moths have forewings that are a uniform dark brown. The males have a purple sheen. The hindwings are brown with broad fringes. The wingspan is about 5 mm.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Malcolm J. Scoble,
1983 A revised cladistic classification of the Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera) with descriptions of new taxa mainly from South Africa,
Monographs of the Transvaal Museum,
Volume 2, p. 13, figs 10, 51, 103.
(written 13 March 2019)