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Cone Case Moth (larva)

Lepidoscia sp.


A 5mm tall cone of sawdust with legs underneath.


Walking on a gum leaf (Eucalyptus microcarpa) suburban nature strip but next to dense dry eucalyptus forest.


Camera flat => only one shot was good. Sure seemed a cute disguise. The feet working underneath looked like leaf-beetle feet. This little thing moved quite quickly - not much like other case moths I've seen. Family: Psychidae. Subfamily: Taleporiinae. feeds on eucalyptus This is probably the moth

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

That makes sense martin. Thanks. We were gravitating towards a psychidae id but I had some reservation because of the way it moved around so quickly.

MartinL 11 years ago

Family Psychidae. Subfamily Taleporiinae. Lepidoscia sp.
This may be some tiny species of case-moth but also possibly a young one of these
The male moths may look like this

CindyBinghamKeiser 11 years ago

Great spotting!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Hey, that is really great - and funny. A relative to the coneheads?

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 1, 2012

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