(one synonym: Machimia miltosticha Turner, 1946)
WINGIA GROUP, OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Rog Standen, Mt Eliza,, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species has a patchy brown head and a pale brown thorax that has some dark dots and dark stripes. The abdomen has alternating bands of pale brown and pale brownish-green, with many dark dots. The last segment has large flattish spotted pale brown shield.
The caterpillars live in a communal nest made of dying leaves and frass joined up with silk.
The caterpillars pupate in an extensive white silk cocoon spun in a rolled leaf.
The pupa is brown with an enlarged thorax.
The adult moth has pale rusty brown forewings each often with two dark dots near the middle, and shading to orange then red at the margins. The hindwings are pale brown, shading darker toward the margins.
The moths can erect a crest of hairs on the thorax. 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, pp. 16, 249-252, 258.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Oecophoridae XIII,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 70, Parts 3-4 (1946) pp. 113-114.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 29 (1864), p. 689.
(updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015, 2 December 2020)