(one synonym : Hypochroma nyssiata R.Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
MUNYCHRYIINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)
These caterpillars are smooth and and green, with a number of pale longitudinal lines and brown spots.
The caterpillars feed on:
The caterpillars have the same colours and segmented structure as the stems of their foodplant, so are very well camouflaged.
The adult moths are grey, with a complex pattern of darker scalloped lines on the forewings. The hindwings are a uniform grey-brown, sometimes fading to white at the base.
The moths have a proboscis, unlike members of the ANTHELINAE which have none. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs over eastern Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 39.14, 54.4, p. 394.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 12, and also Plate 125, figure 3.
Issue 50 (September 2008), pp. 27-31,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Issue 51 (December 2008), p. 29,
Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club Inc..
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 16-19.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 11.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), p. 396.
(updated 2 December 2010, 6 August 2017)