(also known as Anatrachyntis falcatella)
STATHMOPODINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is carnivorous. It feeds on various species of Scale Insect ( COCCOIDEA ) such as :
It lives in a silk tube on a leaf amongst the prey.
It pupates in its silk shelter.
The adult moth has pale forewings with a number of bold black markings. The hindwings are white. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms. It has a peculiar resting posture, with the back legs stuck up in the air.
The species was originally found in the eastern half of Australia, including
and has been introduced into
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.13, p. 226.
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. 54.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XVII. Elachistidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 22, Part 2 (1897), p. 321.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 65.
(updated 31 January 2013, 11 December 2017)