Trigonocyttara clandestina Turner, 1945
Less-stick Case Moth
PSYCHIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Silken case, showing partially exposed empty pupal case.
(Photo courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

These Caterpillars live and pupate in a conical silken shelter which it has covered in small bits of vegetation. Clearly it does this at intervals between which it moved to differently coloured vegetation, resulting in coloured bands along the case, The caterpillar was found feeding on

  • Silver Wattle ( Acacia dealbata, MIMOSACEAE).


    (Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell National Park, Victoria)

    The forewings of the adult moths have a scale-like pattern of pale and dark grey. The hindwings are grey, tending to off-white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    A revision of the Australian Nolidae,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 56 (1945), p. 65, No. 64.


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    (written 7 January 2017, updated 15 August 2019, 16 October 2020, 11 February 2021)