Bird Nest Moth
Ventral
Ellura
Tineid Case Moth
Larva: Front
 
    
Tineid Case Moth (Tineidae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Tineid Moth (:Tineoidea Tineidae)
Species: Tineid Case Moth (Tineidae sp)
This Photo:     Larva: On the Move

Thank you Ethan Beaver for helping with the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This is a most unusual Case moth as it's case is made of sand. We thought it was a caddisfly, but they are aquatic and the head of this is not that of a caddisfly but of some type of caterpillar.
We then thought it was a Case moth (Psychidae), but they don't make their cases out of sand.
Finally we found this family makes cases out of all sorts of things, including sand.
The most well known is the introduced clothes moth (Tinea pellionella) but would be surprised those could survive the semi-arid conditions. Many species in this family make cases.
Ethan said "Sand and small pebble designs are not uncommon but are rarely recorded because they are so cryptic."

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Sep-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.