Halone consolatrix (Rosenstock, 1899)
Marbled Halone
(one synonym: Mosoda hemichroa Turner, 1885)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Halone consolatrix
(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.

Halone consolatrix
camouflaged cocoon
Halone consolatrix
empty pupal case in opened cocoon
(Photos: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Victoria)

It pupates near its feeding area in a crevice in a cocoon covered with bits of local detritus.

Halone consolatrix
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 2)

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.

Halone consolatrix
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 2)

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    Halone consolatrix
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 20-21, 24-25.

    Rudolph Rosenstock,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), p. 381, No. 445.


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    (updated 2 May 2013)