Undetermined Psychidae E
PSYCHIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Arthur Bartholomew, listed as Lepidoscia sp.

Unpublished Drawing, Plate LXX, fig. 2,
Caught and Coloured: Zoological Illustrations from Colonial Victoria
image courtesy of Museums Victoria.

This Caterpillar has a white head and thorax with a dense complex pattern of black spots. The caterpillar appears to feed on

  • She Oak ( Casuarina and Allocasuarina species, CASUARINACEAE )

    The caterpillar covers its case with different material on different areas of its case. At the head end is a ruff of short fibrous material. Next is a selection of long twigs attached so that they stick out in a conical fashion. Much of the posterior half of the case is covered with short twigs placed across the axis of the case. The final end of the case is covered in finely divided vegetative material.

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    (written 23 September 2017, updated 24 September 2017)