TINEINAE, TINEIDAE, TINEOIDEA
Caterpillar in its case
(Photo: courtesy of Maik Bippus, La Réunion)
The Caterpillar is off-white, with a dark brown head, and with brown tops to the segments of the thorax. The caterpillar lives in a silk case covered in sand and detritus particles.
The caterpillar appears to feed on any animal material. The caterpillar refuses to eat any sort of vegetable material. Maybe it likes keratin. It seems to be particularly fond of
The case reaches a length of about 1.2 cms.
The adult moth has shiny forewings that are pale brown speckled with grey, each forewing having three pairs of joined or nearly joined vague dark spots. The hindwings are a satiny brown. The wingspan is about 1.2 cms.
The species is found all over the world, including
as well as in
Further reading :
L.A. Gozmány & L. Vári,
The Tineidae of the Ethiopian Region,
Transvaal Museum Memoirs,
Volume 18 (1973), p. 17.
(written 11 December 2017, updated 13 Dcember 2017)