(one synonym : Hieroxestis praematura Meyrick, 1909)
HIEROXESTINAE, TINEIDAE, TINEOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
This Caterpillar has been found feeding in various types of decaying vegetation including
The adult moth has fawn forewings, each with variable pale spots: one near the base on the hind margin, and another near the tornus. The hindwings are off-white and shiny. The head has a tuft of brown hair. The moth has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.
The species was originally found in New South Wales, but now has spread around the world, and occurs in
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 44.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XVI: Tineidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 7, Part 4 (1891), p. 567, No. 139.
Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
Tineid Genera of Australia,
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993, pp. ix-x, 10, 246-252, 263, 279.
(updated 13 August 2011, 23 March 2019, 21 November 2020)