(previously known as Coesyra innumera)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
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 moth of this species has a white thorax, and has white forewings covered in lots of dark wavy lines, with some dark spots. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in Australia 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. 118, 120.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XV. Oecophoridae (continued),
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 3 (1889), p. 1660.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 65.
(written 10 November 2012, updated 10 January 2015)