So my little wood eating lava pupa hatched. It is a female micro moth Esperia sulphurella, Sulphur Esperia Moth. Was introduced to California 40 years ago. Iarva feed on dead oak tees under bark. My larva was feeding an the inner wood not right under bark. It made a silken cocoon using bits of wood. Interesting to note that I have seen males of this species flying during the day time in spring. I would guess that females may be rare in collections.
Post by Chris Grinter on Jan 26, 2011 18:03:37 GMT -8
Great to hear you got an ID! It's frustrating sometimes to see caterpillar images that are nearly impossible to ID - and no one tried to rear. So great work, and not too bad of a micro even though it's invasive.