(previously known as Oecophora crystallina)
Wingia Group, OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Kristi Ellingsen & Tony Daley, Insects of Tasmania)
This caterpillar is thought to live in a shelter constructed of two overlapping leaves of its foodplant joined by silk and frass. One of the leaves is typically folded like a tent. The caterpillar feeds on the surfaces of the leaves composing its shelter. It probably feeds on:
It probably pupates within its shelter.
The adult moth has white forewings each with bold black markings along the inner margin. The hindwings are off-white shading to pale brown at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, p. 352.
Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), pp. 1077-1078, No. 391.
(written 13 February 2017)