(previously known as Xylorycta stercorata)
XYLORYCTIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
This caterpillar bores into a stem of its foodplant, hiding in the tunnel so created. It attaches leaves to the tunnel entrance, on which it then feeds. Its foodplant is
The adult moth of this species has patchy brown forewings, and plain white hindwings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in the north of Australia including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 24.2, fig. 23.13, p. 229.
Thomas P. Lucas,
Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera, with additional localities for known species,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 8 (1894), p. 164.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 216.
Arignota, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
Blog, Sunday, November 17, 2013.
(updated 29 April 2011)