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Case moth (Psychidae)

Clania ignobilis


Larva of a psychid moth builds a house of sticks. This species typically uses two longer ones. It sews a silk thread to a branch before it sleeps for the day.


The larvae will pupate inside their home but only males have a free flying stage.

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MartinL 11 years ago

Thanks KarenL. I've added this to animal architecture mission

KarenL 11 years ago

Martin - this would be a great one to add to the Animal Architecture mission too!

MartinL 11 years ago

I wondered that too. Does it help the moth to emerge, does it keep a clearance from lower branches. I don't have a theory yet. As they grow they make a slit from inside and grab another new twig through that gap. Cool.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

It intrigues me how they often make one or two sticks much longer than the other. Must be some reason for it.!?

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 5, 2012
Submitted on Feb 9, 2012

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