Myrascia bracteatella (Walker, 1864)
(previously known as Oecophora bracteatella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Myrascia bracteatella
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Holey Plains State Park, Victoria)

This Caterpillar is orange. It lives in an elliptical flattened shelter composed of silk and frass. The caterpillar has been found feeding on various species of

  • Tea Trees ( Leptospernmum species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar stores undigested oil from its foodplant in a section of its gut, and regurgitates it when it feels threatened.

    The adult moth has white forewings each with bold network of brown lines. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common ,  
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 51.10, pl. 4.14, p.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, pp. 14, 23, 24, 31, 32, 347, 352-357.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), pp. 696-697.


    previous
    back
    caterpillar
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    caterpillars
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    caterpillar

    (created 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)