(previously known as Euchroa protophaes)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
This Caterpillar is off-white. It feeds on damp dead leaves of
The caterpillar joins the leaves together with silk to make a shelter in which it lives. If threatened, the caterillar curls into a 'C' shape. The caterpillar pupates in its shelter.
The adult moth has brown forewings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in:
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, 26, 252-256, 258.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera VIII Oecophoridae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 457-458.
(updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)