(previously known as Eulechria episema)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)
This Caterpillar has been found feeding on the dung of
The caterpillar spends its whole time feeding inside a single scat. The caterpillar pupates in its scat.
The adult moths have grey-brown forewings with black marks all over them. The hindwings are plain grey, fading toward the bases. The wingspan is about 2 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. 117-120, 125.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. VIII. Oecophoriidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 517.
(updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)