(previously known as Narycia basiferana)
(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:
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
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, plate 3.22, p. 178.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 28 (1863), p. 350, No. 59.
(updated 15 July 2006, 29 May 2014)