Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Australian bag moth

Cebysa leucotelus Walker

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Psychidae

Size range

  • Small moth male 16 mm wingspan, female 8 mm length


  • Australian
  • First found in Auckland in 1981

Life History

  • Caterpillar forms an untidy bag to live in
  • Found on rock walls and houses. Feeds on minute algae and lichen
  • Adult female is often mistaken for a beetle. Adult female can fly, but only in short hops
  • Male is fully winged

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