PSYCHIDAE in Australia
Bagworms, Case Moths
TINEOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

PSYCHIDAE

caterpillars
  
PSYCHIDAE

cases
  
PSYCHIDAE

pupae
  
PSYCHIDAE

moths
  
PSYCHIDAE

undersides

These Caterpillars construct a case around themselves using silk. Most camouflage it with pieces of material from their environment, often characteristically chosen and arranged by that species. They have an anterior hole in the case through which the head and thorax protrude while feeding. They have a posterior hole for excretion. They pupate within their case, generally after securing the front to a twig securely with silk, so that it swings freely. In some species the adult female is wingless, and remains in her case for the male to visit her. She actually lays her eggs in the case.

Some notable members of the 350 Australian named species of PSYCHIDAE are:

  • Archaeoneura amictopis

    Ardiosteres moretonella : Scruffy Case Moth

  • Bathromelas hyaloscopa

    Cebysa leucotelus : Australian Bagmoth

  • Chalia grisea

    Clania ignobilis : Walking Stick Case Moth
    Clania lewinii : Faggot Case Moth

  • Colpotorna lasiopa

    Conoeca guildingi

    Dappula tertius

  • Elinostola agriodes

  • Gyrophylla eumetra

    Hyalarcta huebneri : Leaf Case Moth
    Hyalarcta nigrescens : Ribbed Case Moth
    Hyalarcta species

    Hyaloptila melanosoma

    Iphierga macarista

    Lepidoscia acropolia
    Lepidoscia adelopis
    Lepidoscia annosella
    Lepidoscia arctiella : Tower Case Moth
    Lepidoscia bancrofti
    Lepidoscia basiferana
    Lepidoscia carlotta
    Lepidoscia cataphracta
    Lepidoscia characota
    Lepidoscia chloropetala
    Lepidoscia confluens
    Lepidoscia dicranota
    Lepidoscia euryptera
    Lepidoscia glabrella
    Lepidoscia heliochares
    Lepidoscia irrorea
    Lepidoscia melitora
    Lepidoscia polymeres
    Lepidoscia protorna
    Lepidoscia punctiferella
    Lepidoscia retinochra
    Lepidoscia stenomochla
    Lepidoscia tetramochla
    Lepidoscia tyrobathra
    Lepidoscia species A

    Lomera boisduvalii
    Lomera lurida

    Metura elongatus : Saunders Case Moth
    Metura species

    Napecoetes belogramma

    Oecobia frauenfeldi

    Oiketicus herrichii : Smooth Case Moth
    Oiketicus species : Two-ways Case Moth

  • Phasmyalea pellucida

    Piestoceros conjunctella

  • Plutorectella abdominalis

    Plutorectis mjobergi

    Psychanisa baliodes

    Sentica felderi

    Trigonocyttara clandestina

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    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species A
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species B
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species C
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species D
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species E
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species F
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species G
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species H
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species I : Bootlace Casemoth
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species J
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species K
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species L
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species M
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species N
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species O
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species P
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species Q
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species R
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species S
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species T : Telephone Casemoth
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species U
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species V
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species W
    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species X

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    (updated 2 June 2014, 23 February 2019, 10 April 2019)