(previously known as Micraeschus prolectus)
ACONTIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)
This Caterpillar feeds on
It also covers itself completely in little bits of Lichen.
It has reduced prolegs, so walks in a looper fashion. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2.5 cms.
It pupates in a cocoon also covered in lichen which it hangs from some suitable support. The cocoon proper has a length of about 1 cm.
The adult moth of this species has pale brown wings with narrow dark brown margins. The forewings each have an irregular subterminal dark band, and a black spot near the middle, and a hooked shape at the wingtip. The hindwings have a narrow irregular white subtermianl line. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 114.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 32 (1908), p. 70.
(updated 30 August 2012)