WINGIA GROUP, OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: curtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)
The caterpillar of this species lives in the ground leaf litter in a shelter that it makes by joining together two dead leaves with silk. It has been found feeding on the dead leaves of various species of Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ) including :
The adult moth has a black collar around the head, and white forewings with two black bands across them, and a black margin. The hindwings are cream, shading to brown at the apex. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found across mainland Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, pp. 21, 22, 24, 138-143.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. VIII. Oecophoriidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 461-462.
(updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)