Tower Case Moth
(previously known as Tinea arctiella)
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)
This Caterpillar attaches sticks all around its case, all of the same length, and attaches them parallel to the axis of the case. When the caterpillar grows sufficiently long, it attaches a new set similarly arranged to the old set, except that more are attached so that the radius of the new part of the case is bigger. The caterpillar does this several times as it grows, giving a tiered appearance to the case. The case can grow to a length of up to 3 cms.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on plants in the families :
The adult male moth is black with yellow patches on the wings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 3.14, p. 179.
Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
E.W. Janson, London, 1869, p. 84, No. 43.
(updated 29 November 2009, 27 January 2017, 4 October 2019, 17 July 2020)