(also known as : Anatrachyntis falcatella)
STATHMOPODINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is carnivorous. It feeds on various species of Scale Insect ( COCCOIDEA ) such as :
It lives in a silk tube on a leaf amongst the prey.
It pupates in its silk shelter.
The adult moth has pale forewings with a number of bold black markings. The hindwings are white. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms. It has a peculiar resting posture, with the back legs stuck up in the air.
The species was found in the eastern half of Australia, including
and has been introduced into
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.13, p. 226.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XVII. Elachistidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 22, Part 2 (1897), p. 321.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 65.
(updated 31 January 2013, 11 February 2014)