(one synonym : Blabophanes namuella Felder and Rogenhofer, 1875)
TINEINAE, TINEIDAE, TINEOIDEA
(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.
The adult moth has dark brown forewings with a pale spot near the middle, and a broad white line along the hind margin. The white lines join up visually when the moth is in its resting position.
The moth has shiny buff hind wings. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as over most of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 184.
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.
(updated 17 September 2013)