Lepidoscia basiferana (Walker, 1863)
(previously known as Narycia basiferana)
PSYCHIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

These Caterpillars live and pupate in a tapering cylindrical case with an oblique aperture. They camouflage the case with their food plants:

  • Lichen

    The adult is off-white with two complex dark bands across each forewing. The thorax is dark brown and the abdomen rusty brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species is found over

  • southern Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, plate 3.22, p. 178.


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    (updated 15 July 2006, 29 May 2014)