Asota iodamia (Herrich-Schaffer, [1854])
(one synonym: Hypsa nesophora Meyrick, 1896)
AGANAIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Asota iodamia
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The Caterpillars of this species start life as a pile of white eggs laid under a leaf of a food plant.

Initially the Caterpillars are communal, and skeletonize the undersides of the leaf. Later they separate. They feed on the leaves of a tropical Figs, for example :

  • Morton Bay Fig ( Ficus macrophylla, MORACEAE ).

    The Caterpillars are brown with some white markings, and sparse white hairs.

    The adults have yellow wings, each with a pale spot near the centre, and a circle of six black dots near the base. The hind wings are a deeper yellow, and have two black spots joined by arcs of little black spots. The body is yellow with a black mark on the top of each abdominal segment. The moths have a wing span of about 5 cms.

    They are found from along the eastern coast of Australia, including

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 19.26, p. 441.

    Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,
    Sammlung neuer oder wenig bekannter aussereuropäischer Schmetterlinge,
    Verzeichniss der in diesem Werke gelieferten Arten nach Reihenfolge ihrer Veroffentlichung,
    Series I, Volume 1, Part 7 (1854), p. 79, No. 119, and also fig 119.


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    (updated 29 April 2013, 9 March 2015)