(one synonym: Phalaena entella Cramer, 1779)
LITHOSIINAE, ARCTIIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is hairy, and is pale grey with a black stripe along the back. It has been reported to feed on:
and also possibly:
The adult moths are deep yellow, with bold black markings on the forewings. The bulges each side of the mesothorax of males are puzzling. Maybe they are some sort of organ involved in ultrasonic signalling used by this species. The females have no such bulges. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found in south-east Asia, including:
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Images of Arctiidae moths in the subfamily Lithosiinae,
Issue 55 (December 2009), p. 31,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Volume 7 (1768), pp. 502-503, species "h".
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 18.
(updated 10 August 2012)