(one synonym : Scardia dictyotis Meyrick, 1893)
MYRMECOZELINAE, TINEIDAE, TINEOIDEA
adult moth hanging upside-down
(Photo: courtesy of Johnny Prefumo)
This Caterpillar bores into the dead stems of :
It lines its boreholes with a silk tube which projects from the tunnel and has a silk cap.
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.
The species is found in the south of
Further reading :
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
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.
(updated 12 September 2012)