(one synonym: Mosoda hemichroa Turner, 1885)
LITHOSIINAE , ARCTIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 2)
This caterpillar is grey and hairy with white-tipped pimples. It appears to feed on algae growing outdoors on brick, stone and wood. It grows to a length of about 1 cm.
empty pupal case in opened cocoon
It pupates near its feeding area in a crevice in a cocoon covered with bits of local detritus.
The male and female adult moths of this species are very similar. They have dark grey forewings each with two jagged dark bands across them. The hindwings are yellow with brown margins. The wingspan is about to 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 20-21, 24-25.
Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), p. 381, No. 445.
(updated 2 May 2013)