(previously known as Conoeca guildingi)
PSYCHIDAE , TINEOIDEA
drawing by Harriet & Helana Scott, listed as Conoeca guildingi,
Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 9,
courtesy of the Australian Museum.
The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on a variety of plants including:
The caterpillars each live in a tapering case covered in bits of chewed bark. The case grows to a length of about 3 cms.
The male adult moth of this species is grey with dark speckles. The hindwings are grey with darker margins. The abdomen is banded yellow and black.
The male has white forewings speckled with black, black hindwings, a pale yellow thorax, and a black hairy abdomen. The male has only 2/3 the wingspan of the female.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 179.
Harriet, Helena, and Alexander W. Scott,
Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations,
Volume 1 (1864), p. 27, Plate 9.
(written 31 May 2014)