AppearanceThe wingspan is about 30 mm for males. Adult males have black wings, an orange hairy head and a black and orange banded abdomen. Female adults have no wings and remain in the larval case. They are white with a brown head and reach a length of about 30 mm.
FoodThe larvae feed on a wide range of plants, including ''Conyza bonariensis'', ''Cupressus'', ''Epacris'', ''Dianella brevipedunculata'', ''Acacia dealbata'', ''Eucalyptus'', ''Pinus'' and ''Cotoneaster'' species. They create a silken shelter, which is initially covered with bits of leaf, but later also with short twigs. They live and pupate within this shelter. When threatened, they temporarily seal the front opening of the case until the danger is past.
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