(one synonym : Conchylis ustella Walker, 1864)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)
This caterpillar appears to feed on :
It carries around a protective case of composed of two plates of silk covered in bits of wood.
The adult moth of this species has a black collar around the head, and white forewings with ragged black bands across them. The hindwings are cream shading to brown at the wingtips. The moth has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.
The species is found in the eastern half of 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. 29, 139, 142.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 28 (1863), p. 367-368.
(created 16 October 2002, updated 29 May 2014)