(formerly known as Machimia playporphyra)
WINGIA GROUP, OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
This Caterpillar is thought to feed on the dead 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 some frass within the shelter.
The caterpillar probably pupates within its webbed shelter.
The adult moth of this species has pale pinkish brown forewings with variable dark wriggly lines and spots, that can merge to create dark areas. The hindwings are pale brown. The antennae are banded.
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, p. 301.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. XIII,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 70, Parts 3-4 (1945), p. 111.
(written 31 January 2021)