(one synonym : Agarista casuarinae Scott, 1864)
AGARISTINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Yulara, Northern Territory)
The body of this Caterpillar is black with white spots, and it has brown legs, head, and tail.
When disturbed, the caterpillar rears up, lifting its head and thorax. The caterpillar feeds on:
The adult moths have wings that are black with white straight and zigzag lines. The abdomen is black on top and has orange stripes underneath, and a scarlet tuft on the tail.
The adult is a day-flying moth, with a wingspan of up to 5 cm.
The biology of this species was illustrated by Arthur Bartholomew in 1861 (although the picture is misnamed).
The species is found on mainland Australia, including:
Further reading :
George French Angas,
South Australia illustrated,
Thomas McLean, London, Part 7 (1847), Plate 37.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 447, 464.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 68.
(updated 9 December 2009, 18 September 2013, 29 January 2014, 15 March 2015)