(previously known as Oecophora bracteatella)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(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
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 :
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.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 29 (1864), pp. 696-697.
(created 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)