XYLORYCTIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)
The Caterpillars of this species live in tunnels bored into
They feed on twiglets that they break off and attach to the entrance of their tunnels.
The adult moths are grey with a subtle pattern of markings on the forewings. The sexes are slightly dimorphic. The females are inclined to have a bolder pattern than the males. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The eggs are pale green and spheroidal, and are laid in irregular piles.
This species is found all along the eastern seaboard of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 23.15, p. 230.
Cryptophasa irrorata, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
Blog, Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
(updated 30 September 2012)