(also known as : Sommeria marmorea)
AGANAINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Common , from Moths of Australia)
These Caterpillars are grey, with a pale lateral line running each side just above the legs. The caterpillars feed on :
The adult moths of this species have brown or black and grey speckled forewings, each with a large dark area on the costa near the base. The hindwings are yellow with a dark spot and a grey wingtip.
The moths have a yellow abdomen with a black spot on the top of each segment. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species is found in the south-west Pacific as various subspecies, including
and also commonly over much of the northern two thirds of Australia, including
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
On the Lepidoptera of the family Lithosiidae, in the Collection of the British Museum,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1877, pp. 363-364.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 3.3, pls. 19.19, 31.12, p. 442.
Moths photographed at Obum Obum,
Issue 73 (June 2014), p. 31,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, p. 5.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, pl. 19.19, p. 184.
(updated 29 April 2013, 9 March 2015. 19 March 2016, 17 November 2017, 25 December 2019, 15 January 2020)