(erroneously listed as Thalpochares cocciphaga, Hampson, 1910)
ACONTIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Gavin Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species is
The caterpillar is white with a dark brown head, and a brown split collar.
The caterpillar feeds on Scale Insects on Gum Trees ( 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 has brown forewings with variable patterns including pale and dark patches separated by three pale wandering lines across each wing, and often with a submarginal arc of dark spots, and a pale trapezium on the costa near the wingtip.
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 31 December 2018, 16 August 2020)