Lord Howe Case-moth
(Photo: courtesy of Ethan Beaver, Lord Howe Island)
The Caterpillar of this species lives in silk case decorated sparsely with short sticks aligned roughly parallel to the case axis. The case grows to a length of about 10 cms.
The caterpillar has been thought to have been feeding on:
The adult moth is basically brown, with yellow hairs on the head and rings of dark brown hairs between the segments of the abdomen. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species has been found Australia only on
Further reading :
Revision of the genus Metura (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) with description of two new species,
Volume 4861, Part 2 (October 2020), pp. 188-210.
(written 18 October 2020)