(previously known as Agarista diversa)
AGARISTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)
These handsome Caterpillars have alternating bands along the body of orange, white, and black with white spots, and white with black spots. The head is orange with black spots.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillars grew to a length of about 6 cms. They pupated in the soil. The pupa has a length of about 4 cms.
The adult moths have black forewings with a number of yellowish white spots of various sizes. The hindwings are dark brown, with a deep yellow patch. The abdomen is mainly black, with some orange bands. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 463.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 21.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 122.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 31, Supplement 1 (1864), p. 49.
(updated 14 February 2010, 10 April 2017, 29 August 2021)