Lichenaula undulatella (Walker, 1864)
(formerly known as Cryptolechia undulatella)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lichenaula undulatella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species live in a tubular shelter formed from a foodplant leaf. The caterpillars have been found feeding on a number of plants including

  • Green Wattle ( Acacia decurrens, MIMOSACEAE ), and
  • Dogwood ( Jacksonia scoparia, FABACEAE ).

    The adult moths have a large dark brown semicircle edged in white on each forewing. The head and thorax are hairy and white.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

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

    Ian McMillan,
    Lichenaula undulatella, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Sunday, July 11, 2010.


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    (updated 19 April 2009)