(one synonym is Machimia brevicilia Turner, 1946)
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 construct a case from two oval pieces of dead foodplant leaf joined with silk, one piece larger than the other. The caterpillars probably feed on dead leaves of:
The caterpillars probably pupate in their case.
The adult moth has brown forewings with variable vague dark areas, spots and zigzag lines of spots. The hindwings are pale brown darkening toward the margins. The antennae are noticeably banded. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species has been 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. 300.
Volume 1, Part 6 (1914), p. 220.
(written 27 January 2021)