Enoplidia simplex (Turner, 1896)
(one synonym: Heliocausta plausibilis Meyrick, 1913)
Wingia Group,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley


cocoon
(Photo: copyright Peter Marriott, Museum Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found on the ground feeding on dead phyllodes of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Broad-Leaf Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The caterpillar constructs and lives in a shelter made of two irregular pieces of dead phyllode joined by silk.

    The cocoon of this species is dark brown and formed inside its shelter and is hung from a suitable stem. It has a length of about 3.5 cms.

    The adult moth has plain dark brown forewings, and plain pale yellow hindwings. Its wingspan is about 2 cms.


    (Photo: copyright Peter Marriott, Museum Victoria)

    This species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    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. 29, 258, 262-265.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 20 (1896) p. 5.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)