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

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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

  • Ardiosteres trifasciata
  • Ardiosteres velutinana

  • Bathromelas hyaloscopa

    Cebysa leucotelus : Australian Bagmoth

  • Chalia grisea
  • Chalia lurida

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

  • Clania persimilis
  • Clania photidias

  • Colpotorna lasiopa

  • Cryptothelea dewitzi
  • Cryptothelea hemitricha
  • Cryptothelea persimilis
  • Cryptothelea photidias

  • Dappula tertius

  • Elinostola agriodes
  • Elinostola hypomela

  • Gyrophylla eumetra

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

  • Hyaloptila melanosoma

  • Iphierga chrysopa
  • Iphierga chrysophaes
  • Iphierga euphragma
  • Iphierga macarista

    Lepidoscia adelopis
    Lepidoscia arctiella
    Lepidoscia basiferana
    Lepidoscia cataphracta
    Lepidoscia euryptera
    Lepidoscia heliochares
    Lepidoscia irrorea
    Lepidoscia species

    Lomera boisduvalii
    Lomera lurida

  • Metura aristocosma
    Metura elongatus : Saunders Case Moth

  • Napecoetes belogramma
  • Napecoetes scoteina

    Narycia guildingi

    Oecobia frauenfeldi

    Oiketicus herrichii : Smooth Case Moth

  • Phasmyalea pellucida

  • Piestoceros conjunctella

  • Plutorectella abdominalis

    Plutorectis mjobergi

  • Plutorectis pantosemna
  • Plutorectis xanthochrysa

  • Psychanisa baliodes
  • Psychanisa guttata

    Sentica felderi

  • Sentica oppositella

  • Trigonocyttara clandestina

    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 J

    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species K

    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species L

    Undetermined PSYCHIDAE species M

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    (updated 2 June 2014, 23 September 2016)