(one synonym: Phalaena cribraria Clerck, 1764)
ARCTIINAE , ARCTIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Mick Jackes, Townsville)
The Caterpillar of this species is boldly patterned in black and white. It is known to feed on a variety of plants, including:
The early instars eat the foliage, and later instars eat the fruit and seeds.
The adult moth is yellow, with black spots having white outlines. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found from Africa across Asia, including :
as well as in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 36, 434.
Illustrations of exotic insects,
Illustrations of natural history,
Volume 2 (1773), p. 13, and plate 6, fig. 3.
The Australian Arctiid Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) with emphasis on Creatonotos Gangis,
Issue 65 (June 2012), pp. 6-8,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 18.
(updated 5 July 2013)