Monopis ethelella (Newman, 1856)
(one synonym : Blabophanes namuella Felder and Rogenhofer, 1875)
TINEINAE ,   TINEIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Monopis ethelella
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species carry round a case in which they live. The caterpillars have been found feeding on dirty sheep fleeces.

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

The adult moth has dark brown forewings with a pale spot near the middle, and a broad white line along the inner margin. The white lines join up visually when the moth is in its resting position.

Monopis ethelella     Monopis ethelella
(Photos: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

The moth has shiny buff hind wings. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

The species has been found in

  • New Zealand,

    as well as over most of Australia, including

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


    Further reading :

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

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), pp. 288-289.

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


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    (updated 17 September 2013)