Monopis argillacea (Meyrick, 1893)
(previously known as Blabophanes argillacea)
TINEINAE ,   TINEIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand)

The caterpillars of this species carry silk cases around with them. The caterpillars have been found feeding on :

  • feathers lining the nests of wild birds, and
  • mammalian hair, particularly on dead carcases.

    The adult moth has speckled fawn forewings which each have a dark patch, and shiny buff hind wings. The moth has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • New Zealand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XVI: Tineidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 7, Part 4 (1891), p. 528, No. 69.

    Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
    Tineid Genera of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993, pp. 43, 163, 168, 169.


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    (updated 14 September 2012)