Scruffy Case Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Case Moth (:Tineoidea Psychidae)|
|Species:||Faggot Case Moth (Clania ignobilis)|
Thank you Ethan Beaver for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
It was previously considered the species could be identified by the unevenness (or evenness) of the sticks on the case; however this has been shown to be incorrect. As such, we have moved this id to genus level until we can id the actual adult moth.
Thanks to Nina Maurovic for letting use know a "faggot" means a bundle of sticks. Clearly not intended as the offense to homosexuals.
These are parasitised by flies, as shown here: Parasitic Fly (Tritaxys sp)
We asked Ethan how he was able to determine the id to species he said "C. ignobilis can only be identified as such in your sighting because the only other spp with similar structures (C. lewinii and Euneta spp) do not occur in the SA mallee regions and are instead restricted to higher rainfall areas along the coast and ranges"
Further "Generally speaking C. lewinii selects rougher sticks and creates smaller cases on average, particularly the males, but it's not something easy to pick without the two side by side, and variation will be present due to host plant availability"