(previously known as Heliocausta limbata)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
The Caterpillars of this species construct a case from two oval pieces of dead foodplant leaf joined with silk, one piece larger than the other. The caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves of:
The caterpillars pupate in their case.
The adult moth of this species has pale brown wings, with purplish-brown patches on the forewings, and dark margins on the hindwings. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species has been observed in the east 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, pp. 295, 300.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, VIII Oecophoridae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 471.
(updated 11 May 2009, 10 January 2015)