(one synonym is Heliocausta euselma Meyrick, 1883)
WINGIA GROUP, OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Ida Bay, Tasmania)
This Caterpillar is thought to feed on the foliage of various trees in the family MYRTACEAE, and to live singly in a shelter constructed by joining some leaves of the food plant with silk, retaining frass within the shelter.
The caterpillar pupates within its webbed shelter.
The adult moth of this species has blotchy brown forewings, each with dark markings including a broad band across the middle. The hindwings are pale yellow, darkeing toward the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species may be 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, 1994, pp. 24, 267-268, 270.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, VIII Oecophoridae (continued),
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 467, 481-482. No. 46.
(written 2 December 2020)