Don Herbison-Evans (
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
The caterpillars of this species are sometimes pests on:
The caterpillars are brown and hairy, and have a yellow stripe along the back. They appear to be able to eat any herbivorous plant.
Pupation typically occurs on a dead leaf in a sparse cocoon incorporating larval hairs.
The adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each with a broken dark streak. The hindwings are white. The abdomen is red or sometimes yellow. The males have four eversible coremata at the tip of the abdomen which emit pheromones, each when inflated is longer than the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The eggs are round and yellow. They are laid on the leaf of a foodplant in rows, in clusters of up to 50.
The pest may be controlled by the use of:
Creatonotos gangis is found over much of south-east Asia, including :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 46, 435.
The Australian Arctiid Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) with emphasis on Creatonotos Gangis,
Metamorphosis No. 65 (June 2012) pp 1,4-7.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 182.
(updated 31 May 2013)