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Cone Case Moth (larva)

Lepidoscia sp.

Description:

A 5mm tall cone of sawdust with legs underneath.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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 http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b... This is probably the moth http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/212...

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4 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 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
MartinL 9 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 http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/831...
The male moths may look like this http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/830...

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Great spotting!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

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