(one synonym : Philobota cosmia Turner, 1935)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is thought to live in a cylindrical case open at both ends, constructed from rolling up a piece of a dead leaf, and securing and lining it with silk. The caterpillar probably feeds on the ground on dead leaves of
The adult moths are dark brown with three ragged cream bands across each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown, each with a pale band along the costa and a broad hairy fringe around the wingtip, margin, and inner margin. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
CSIRO Publishing, 1997, pp. 146, 149.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI, Oecophoridae (continued),
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), pp. 731-732.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Descriptions of New Lepidoptera from Queensland,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 22 (1898), p. 209.
(updated 2 August 2010, 11 October 2013, 10 January 2015)