(one synonym: Hypsa analis Walker, 1856)
AGANAINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Sue Downing, Julatten, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are pale yellow or brown with sparse hairs, which on the thorax point forward, and with some dark brown and a few red spots on the back behind the head, and some more dark brown spots on the back near the tail.
The caterpillars characteristically rest with the head and thorax curved around to the side (right or left, it seems to be ambidextrous), and with the last two segments raised in the air.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on the leaves of tropical Figs ( MORACEAE ) such as :
The caterpillar pupates in the ground debris in a white silk cocoon decorated with frass and detritus.
The adults moths are yellow with five orange spots on each forewing. The bodies are yellow with black bands between segments, and a dark blue last abdominal segment. The moths have a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species is found over south-east Asia, including :
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 31.10,31.11, p. 442.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 6.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 2 (1854), p. 455, No. 16.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 184.
(updated 15 May 2010, 9 March 2015, 15 June 2016, 15 November 2017, 26 July 2019, 4 May 2020)