(sometimes known as Narycia guildingi)
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Pearson, Airlie Beach, Queensland)
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 caterpillars have a black head, which normally is the only part of the body that they protrude from the case.
The adult moths of this species is grey with a variable pattern of dark splotches or speckles. The hindwings are grey with darker margins. The abdomen is yellow but usually covered in dark grey hair.
The female has a wingspan of about 4.5 cms The male has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
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, updated 24 July 2019, 4 October 2020)