(previously known as Xylorycta thrasycosma)
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This caterpillar lives in a twisted silk case covered in frass. The caterpillar has been found feeding on two species of Ironbark ( MYRTACEAE ), namely
The adult moths of this species have brown forewings each with white patches. The hindwings are pale brown with recurved margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 5.9, p. 228.
Plectophila thrasycosma, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
Blog, Monday, July 5, 2010.
(written 6 October 2012, updated 2 August 2013)