(previously : Hypochalcia tritalis)
PHYCITINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Christine Darwood, Chifley, Australian Capital Territory)
The caterpillar of this species lives in a silk shelter incorporating leaves of its foodplant. The caterpillar feeds on various grasses (POACEAE), including:
The moth has forewings each with a faint fawn pattern, dark wingtips, and often including a central dark-edged pale streak containing two dark elliptical dots. The hindwings are plain grey. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 80.
Crambites & Tortricites,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 27 (1863), pp. 47-48, No. 21.
(updated 24 June 2010, 11 November 2017, 13 October 2020)