Cebysa leucotelus (Australian Bagmoth)

Australian Bagmoth, also known as the  Lichen Case Moth.  This is the only species from this genus in Australia.  It shows considerable sexual dimorphism.  The colourful females are flightless.

Cebysa leucotelus , male
Mid March 2012
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/nipaluna

Mid March 2013
Port Sorell

Australian Bagmoth, Cebysa leucotelus , female
Mid April 2014
The females walk quickly around.  This was found walking up a wooden wall.  It was photographed and then transferred to a brick wall where it immediately started some startling oviposition.  Watch the mobility and extension of the ovipositor.

Case Moth Ovipositor

Case Moth Female

Early March 2019
The female was ovipositing into cracks in a wooden railing.

Mid July 2013
Hobart/ nipaluna

Early January 2015
Sisters Beach

Late August 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/nipaluna

Early November 2019
Don Reserve, Devonport

Early November 2019
This was found inside, crawling up a mirror.

Late October 2020
Moving up a window.

IMG 5795

Early October 2023
Chauncy Vale
Photos and video KE

IMG 8008  IMG 8009  IMG 8011