(erroneously listed as Thalpochares cocciphaga, Hampson, 1910)
ACONTIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Gavin Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)
The caterpillar of this species is white with a dark brown head, and a brown split collar.
The caterpillar feeds on Scale Insects (COCCIDAE). The caterpillar carries a shield on its back covered in the skins of dead Scale Insect larvae.
The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon also covered with skins of dead Scale Insect larvae.
The adult moth is brown. The forewings have pale and dark patches, with dark streaks near the wingtip, and three pale wandering lines across each wing. The subterminal pale line is saw-toothed with black teeth.
The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in
Further reading :
George Francis Hampson,
Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 10 (1910), p. 180, No. 5264.
Descriptions of new Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 1, Part 4 (1887), pp. 1037-1038.
(written 2 February 2018, updated 25 May 2018)