OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
This Caterpillar has been found feeding on the phyllodes of a
The caterpillar creates a shelter from two phyllodes joined with silk.
For pupation, the caterpillar constructs a shelter from two ellipical pieces of phyllode joined with silk and attached firmly with silk to some nearby object.
The adult moth has brown forewings, each often with a dark-edged white spot near the middle. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been found in eastern 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, pp. 191-193, 199.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Descriptions of New Lepidoptera from Queensland,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 20 (1896), p. 30.
(written 22 October 2014, updated 15 January 2015)