Less-stick Case Moth
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
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.
The species has been found in
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.
(written 7 January 2017, updated 15 August 2019, 16 October 2020, 11 February 2021)