(one synonym : Eudrymopsis xyloscopa Lower, 1903)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
This Caterpillar has been found living in and carrying around a cylindrical case made by rolling a thin piece of bark or dead leaf, and lining it with silk. The case can have a length up ot 4.5 cms. The caterpillar feeds on dead leaves of
Pupation occurs in its cylindrical case, the case having been attached at both ends to a tree trunk or nearby object.
The adult moths of this species have brown forewings each with black markings which include a wide and a narrow black diagonal stripe. The hindwings are grey-brown fading towards 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. 59, 63-66.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera from Queensland,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 20 (1896), p. 22.
(written 13 January 2015)