(previously known as Goniobela stockeri)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
This Caterpillar feeds on the droppings of Koalas. The caterpillar spends its whole life in a single dropping, On maturity, it pupates in a cocoon inside its dropping, but bores an exit hole in the surface of the dropping which it plugs with one end of the pupa.
The adult moth is a plain dark brown.
The species was first described in 1994, and named after a senior executive in the CSIRO: Dr John Stocker. A picture of the moth is now used on the labels of Stocker's Wines.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
CSIRO Publishing, 1997, pp. 131, 133, 134.
Ian F.B. Common & Marianne Horak,
Four new species of Telanepsia Turner (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae) with larvae feeding on koala and possum scats,
Invertebrate Taxonomy Volume 8 (1994), pp. 809-828.
Paul Zborowski & Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 71.
(updated 1 November 2012, 17 March 2015)