Monopis crocicapitella (Clemens, 1859)
(one synonym is Tinea amandatella Walker, 1863)
Bird Nest Moth
TINEINAE,   TINEIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Christine Darwood, at Flynn, Australian Capital Territory)

This adult moth has speckled dark brown forewings each with a ragged cream stripe along the hind margin, and a pale spot in the middle of the wing. The hindwings are a plain grey. There is a crest of cream hairs on its head. The wingspan is about 1 cm.


(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The species has been found in

  • Democratic Republic of Congo,
  • Germany,
  • United Kingdom,
  • United States of America,

    as well as in Australia in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)


    Further reading :

    James Brackenridge Clemens,
    Contribution to American Lepidopterology,
    Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia,
    Volume 11 (1859), pp. 257-258.


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    (written 14 January 2017, updated 5 December 2017)