(one synonym: Hypsa nesophora Meyrick, 1896)
AGANAIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(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 :
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
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.
(updated 29 April 2013, 9 March 2015)