Elaeodes Webbing Moth
(previously known as Heliocausta elaeodes)
WINGIA GROUP, OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on various:
They live communally in shelters of partly eaten and dead leaves joined by silk, and partly covered in frass. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms.
The Caterpillars pupate in their shelter.
The forewings of the adult moth are pale brown with some sparse darker brown markings, a brown band along the margin, and a yellow edge to the costa. The hindwings are pale brown. The head is off-white, and the thorax is dark brown. The moths have a wingspan of up to 2.5 cm.
The species is found in :
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, p. 78.
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. 48.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, VIII Oecophoridae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 468, 474-475, No. 40.
(written 14 October 2019)