Moerarchis clathrata (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
(one synonym : Scardia dictyotis Meyrick, 1893)
MYRMECOZELINAE ,   TINEIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


adult moth hanging upside-down
(Photo: courtesy of Johnny Prefumo)

This Caterpillar bores into the dead stems of :

  • Grass Tree ( Xanthorrhoea, XANTHORRHOEACEA ).

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


    (Photo: courtesy of Katy Macknay, Mt Helena, Western Australia)

    The adult moth has white forewings tending to yellow at the margin, with a black latticework pattern on them. The hindwings are brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


    male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Tinea clathrata,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXL, fig. 30,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species is found in the south of

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologisher Theil,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 19, and also Plate 140, fig 30.

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

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


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    (updated 12 September 2012)