(one synonym: Heliocausta episarca Lower, 1903)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)
This Caterpillar is thought to feed on the foliage of various trees in the family MYRTACEAE, and to live singly in a shelter constructed by joining some leaves of the food plant with silk, retaining frass within the shelter.
The caterpillar pupates within its webbed shelter.
The adult moth of this species has pinkish-brown forewings each with grey areas at the base and margin. The thorax is also grey. The hindwings are off-white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found in much of Australia, including:
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, p. 270.
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 17, Number 1 (1893), p. 174.
(updated 1 November 2012, 16 December 2014, 10 January 2015)