Information about casemoths - was But they will fly, eventually.

To: "'Margaret Leggoe'" <>, <>
Subject: Information about casemoths - was But they will fly, eventually.
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:56:52 +1100
Margaret asked about insects that are casemoths. On that basis I will attach here three pages (1, 2 &3) from Volume 2 of Australia's Wildlife Heritage. I am not going to retype that stuff, just forward this for anyone interested. I don't follow why they have quoted various bird references for further reading in the margin. I think that is an error.
From that information it appears that the animal (if it is a female) in the cocoon will never fly.
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From: Margaret Leggoe [
Sent: Tuesday, 14 December 2010 6:05 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Off topic. With trepidation. But they will fly, eventually.

On Mt Wanniassa this morning I was intrigued by this cute little wattle and daub cottage hanging vertically from a very chewed old leaf.  I “borrowed” it to get a really close photograph, and then noticed these small but hungry caterpillars on an adjacent leaf.  Could it be the caterpillars hatched from eggs within the “cottage”?  And if so, what moth or butterfly would have jaws strong enough to chew through those twigs to construct the little house?  I am completely unaware of moths or butterflies with chewing mouthparts.

And now I will duck for cover for putting up a non-bird posting. 

Margaret Leggoe






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