Lycid-mimicking Moth
Grey Bark Moth
Leaf-case Moths
Wattle Concealer Moth
Banded Concealer Moth I
Banded Concealer Moth II 
Purple Banded Concealer I
Purple-banded Concealer II
Banded Concealer Moth III 
Tube Concealer Moth
Tunnel Concealer Moth 
Banded Concealer Moth IV
Concealer Moth Caterpillars
Banded Timber Moth
Gum Tree Borer Moth
White Timber Moth I
Mottled Timber Moth
Bark Timber Moth
White Timber Moth II
Timber Moth Caterpillars 
Small Grey Moth
Small Banded Moth
Narrow-winged Moth 
Gelechid Moth 
Long-horned Moth
Unknown in this Group


Family XYLORYCTIDAE - Timber Moths, Flower Moths

Order Lepidoptera 

This page contains pictures and information about Timber Moths in family XYLORYCTIDAE that we found in Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
In some reference, this group is put under family Oecophoridae as subfamily Xyloryctinae. 
Moths in family Xyloryctidae are medium in size with stout body. They are usually partially white with checkered apical wing margin. As those moths in Oecophoridae, they have the upturn pointed stickle-shaped labial palpi in front of their head. The apical segment is usually slender, tapering and acute. 
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The habits of the larvae are vary. Many live between joined leaves, some make portable cases. Some make tunnel in bark or stem of living tree.  

Banded Timber Moth
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Lichenaula sp.
It is believed that the Banded Timber Moth larvae feed on lichens or on leaves, live in silk tube shelter. Please check this page for more infromation.
Small Gum Tree Borer Moth
Cryptophasa balteata, body length 20mm
This is a male moth with forewings and hindwings shiny white in colour, with three black dots on middle of each forewings and a line of black dots around the margin. Their caterpillars live in Gum tree trunk, feed on wood and bark. Please check this page for more infromation.
White Timber Moth I
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Cryptophasa pultenae 
Pictures taken on Nov 2009, Karawatha Forest, Rocky Circuit. Please check this page for more infromation. 
Mottled Timber Moth
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Cryptophasa xylomima
Pictures taken on Nov 2009, Carbrook Wetland. Please check this page for more infromation.
Bark Timber Moth
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Thymiatris sp., body length 20mm
We found this moth twice under loose bark during winter time. The pupa was found next to the moth. Please check this page for more infromation. 
White Timber Moth II
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Xylorycta sp., body length 20mm
The larvae of Xylorycta sp. are either live in tunnel in stem of host plants while collect and feed on leaves during the night, or live in tubular silk shelters amongst foliage. They are related with Banksia or Hakea. Please check this page for more infromation.

Timber Moth Caterpillars
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 ? Maroga sp. or Uzucha sp., 
Larvae of Maroga are common, and graze on bark of eucalypts under frass-covered webbing. Please check this page for more infromation. 

1. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p227.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p425.
3. XYLORYCTIDAE of Australia - Caterpillars of Australian Moths - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2009.
4. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007, p64. 
5. Australian Moths Online - CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences 2011.  
6. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
7. Xyloryctine Moths of Australia, Genera and Species - Ian McMillan, [accessed July 2011].  


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