(erroneously known as Lichenaula lichenaea)
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)
This caterpillar feeds on
The caterpillar lives in a tubular shelter made of silk covered in bits of lichen, in a crevice in a rock or tree.
The adult moths have white wings nearly covered with black blotches. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found in eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.18, p. 227.
Lichenaula lichenea, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
Blog, Sunday, July 18, 2010.
(updated 27 May 2011)