(previously known as Hypercallia igniferella)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species live in a shelter made of leaves of its foodplant joined together with silk. They have been found feeding on the leaves of plants in MYRTACEAE including:
The adult moths are small, reaching only a span of 1.5 cms. They have striking forewings with a network pattern of white, orange, and light and dark brown. The hindwings are plain pale brown
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, pp. 24, 75, 78, 80-82.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 182.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 29 (1864), pp. 670-671.
(updated 7 August 2010, 12 January 2015)