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,
A revised cladistic classification of the Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera) with descriptions of new taxa mainly from South Africa,
Monographs of the Transvaal Museum,
Volume 2 (1983), p. 13, figs 10, 51, 103.
(written 13 March 2019, updated 10 March 2021)