(one synonym: Oecophora bimaculella Newman, 1856)
WINGIA GROUP, OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Joel Johnson, Rockhampton, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are off white with a black wart on each side of the first two abdominal segments. The caterpillars also have some brown markings on the head and thorax.
The caterpillars live in flat cases, made from two bits of leaf joined with silk, which they carry around with them.
The caterpillars feed on:
both in MYRTACEAE.
The adult moths have yellow forewings, each with three dark purplish-brown stripes. The hindwings are rusty-brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in
This species was the first of the Oecophorinae from Australia to be named (in 1775).
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.19, p. 223.
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. xi, 16, 24, 31, 36, 281, 286-290.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
Systema Entomologiae (1775), p. 644, No. 128.
Weird and Wonderful Moths,
Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 11-15, fig. 3,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), list of Plate 138,, and also Plate 138, fig. 48.
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 295, sp. 2.
(updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015, 7 December 2018)