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


(Photo: courtesy of Leuba Ridgway, Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria)

These Caterpillars live in a silk case, decorated sparsely with randomly oriented bits of stick. The caterpillars have ben found feeding on a variety of shrubs and trees including:

  • Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ),
  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Pines ( Pinus species, PINACEAE ).


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

    The forewings of the adult moth of this species 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

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    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)