Cone Case Moth
early instar, hanging by a thread
length approximately 0.4 cms.
(Photo: courtesy of Susan Wishart, Paddys River, Australian Capital Territory)
This Caterpillar lives in a conical silken shelter covered in small bits of leaf of its foodplants.
The caterpillar does this at intervals between which it moved to differently coloured vegetation, resulting in coloured bands along the case.
Caterpillars like this have been found in
Only the head and thorax have a hard chitinous shell. The caterpillar normally keeps its vulnerable unarmoured abdomen inside its case.
The caterpillar is thought to be a Lepidoscia species.
(updated 18 August 2018, 15 March 2021)