Moerarchis australasiella (Donovan, 1805)
(one synonym : Tinea cossuna Lewin, 1805)
MYRMECOZELINAE,   TINEIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)

This Caterpillar bores into the dead stems of :

  • Grass Tree ( Xanthorrhoea, XANTHORRHOEACEAE ),

    lining its boreholes with silk which projects from the tunnel and has a silk cap.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth is has dark brown forewings with overlapping pale yellow spots, and plain brown hindwings. It has a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    The species is found all over eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 3.6, p. 184.

    Edward Donovan,
    General Illustration of Entomology,
    An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite and other Islands in the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans,
    London (1803), Part 1, p. 180, and also Plate on p. 178.

    Graham McDonald,
    Weird and Wonderful Moths,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 11-15, fig. 1,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 211.

    Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
    Tineid Genera of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993, pp. ix, x, 10, 246-252, 263, 279.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 51.


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    (updated 25 October 2010)