(erroneously known as Agriophora confertella)
STENOMATINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
Stella Crossley & Peter Marriott
(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)
The first instar of this Caterpillar is white with red intersegmental rings. As it grows, the caterpillar becomes pale green, with brown lines along the sides. It lives between leaves of its food plant joined with silk, and feeds on:
It grows to a length of about 2.5 cms.
The adult moth has dull grey forewings and plain brown hindwings. A broken dark grey line runs from the base to the margin of each forewing. The moths have a wing span of about 2.5 cms.
The species may be found along most of the eastern side of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 23.17, p. 231.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 29 (1864), p. 758.
(updated 11 November 2012, 10 January 2015)