OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
This Caterpillar is green with white intersegmental rings. It lives in a tubular silk shelter that it spins in a curled leaf of its food plant. The caterpillar feeds on :
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms.
The adult moth has rusty brown forewings with a metallic silver pattern consisting of curved arcs along the costa and a subterminal dotted line. The hindwings are silky white. Each wing has a hairy fringe. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species may be found over much of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common ,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 23.14, p. 222.
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. 266, 268, 270.
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. 937.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 181.
(updated 3 November 2012, 18 October 2013, 16 December 2014, 10 January 2015)