STENOMATINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
Stella Crossley & Peter Marriott
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
These Caterpillars feed on the green foliage of various trees in the family MYRTACEAE. The caterpillar makes silk shelter covered in frass between joind leaves.
It pupates in its shelter, which by then is composed of dead leaves. The pupa can make a rasping sound by bending, so rubbing pupal skin plates together. The hollow cavity between the dead leaves can seem to amplify this sound.
The adult moths are grey with dark speckles on each forewing. The hindwings are pale grey. The wingspan is about 2 cms. When disturbed, they often run rather than fly.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 231.
On Australian Lepidoptera,
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History; Zoology, Botany, and Geology,
Series 5, Volume 16, pp. 439-440.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 66.
(updated 19 April 2011)