(previously known as Oecophora hepialella)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
Stella Crossley & Ian McMillan
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
This Caterpillar lives under a shelter constructed of overlapping plates of Eucalyptus leaf, and bordered with silk-lined frass.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on:
The cocoon is formed on the bark of the food tree, and again decorated with frass.
The adult moth has yellow forewings, each with two dark-edged white flashes, and sundry darker markings. The hindwings are dark brown. 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. 20, 341, 342, 344, 345.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 181.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 30 (1864), pp. 1033-1034.
(updated 2 June 2013, 10 January 2015)