Castulo doubledayi Newman, 1857
Doubleday's Footman
(one synonym : Castula binotata Walker, 1869)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Castulo doubledayi
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The male and female adult moths of this species are very similar, and have black forewings each with a variable yellow spot on the inner margin and a yellow mark along the costa. The hindwings are yellow with variable black margins, and each has a variable dark spot near the middle. The head and thorax are black except for an orange prothorax. The wingspan is up to 3 cms.

Castulo doubledayi
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The species is found in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Castulo doubledayi
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 18.10, p. 436.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 22-23.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few apparently undescribed Insects collected by James Gibbon, Esq., at Moreton Bay,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume IV, Part 8 (1857), pp. 55-56, No. 1.


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    (updated 22 March 2011)