Syringoseca mimica (Meyrick, 1888)
(previously known as Heliocausta mimica)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Syringoseca mimica
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

These Caterpillars live in a shelter constructed by joining two or three leaves of the foodplant with silk and frass. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    For pupation, the caterpillar constructs a cylindrical case by cutting a piece of leaf and rolling it up. The case has a length of about 1.5 cms. The caterpillar disconnects the case from the tree so that it drops to the ground. The caterpillar then firmly attaches it to a nearby object.

    The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with darker patches and speckles. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Syringoseca mimica
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found along the east coast of Australia in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    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. 24, 278-282.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XIV. Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 934.


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    (updated 16 September 2013, 10 January 2015)