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Cone case moth larva

Family Psychidae. Subfamily Taleporiinae. Lepidoscia sp.


This caterpillar builds a cone of tiny twigs to protect itself.


They are found attached to branches of Eucalyptus or Acacia.


They eat at night and attach to a branch for their daily nap.

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MartinL 12 years ago

Here's the adult moth - it doesn't look that different to its shell.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

That's a lot of work looking at the size of the twigs.

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 4, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2012

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