(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 moths of this species have rusty-brown forewings with very varied dark markings. Some have broad dark band across the middle, some dark zigzag lines, and some a few dark spots. The hindwings are pale yellow, darkening 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, updated 17 February 2021)