(Photo: courtesy of Stephanie Wilkie-Smith, Cairns)
This is an enormous Case Moth from tropical Queensland. The Caterpillar covers its case with many small twigs, all attached approximately parallel to the axis of the case. The case can grow to a length of up to 30 cms.
The caterpillar itself is black with yellow stripes. The caterpillar has been found feeding on various MYRTACEAE, including :
The adult moth is basically greyish brown, with yellow hairs on the head and thorax. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Per Olof Christopher Aurivillius,
Results of Dr E. Mjöberg's Swedish scientific expeditions to Australia 1910–1913. 21. Macrolepidoptera.,
Arkiv för Zoologi,
Volume 13, Part 2 (1920), p. 35, No. 274.
(updated 30 October 2007)