Lichenaula lichenea Meyrick, 1890
(erroneously known as Lichenaula lichenaea)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lichenaula lichenea
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

This caterpillar feeds on

  • Lichens.

    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:

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.18, p. 227.

    Ian McMillan,
    Lichenaula lichenea, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Sunday, July 18, 2010.


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    (updated 27 May 2011)