Lydia Lichen Moth
(one synonym : Setina pectinata Wallengren, 1860)
LITHOSIINI, ARCTIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Larney Grenfell, Maleny, Queensland)
The caterpillar of this species seems to be covered in soft furry grey velvet.
When the caterpillar is disturbed: it curls into a tight spiral, showing that hair is noticeably absent from between the segments.
The caterpillar has been found on a wide variety of herbaceous plants, but is thought actually to eat
The caterpillar grows to length of about 1 cm. It pupates on a leaf or wall in a sparse cocoon covered in grey hairs from its own skin.
The moth emerges after about a fortnight in summer or several months across winter. It is small, and black and yellow, with a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The males are distinguished by having feathery antennae, whereas the females have simpler filamentous antennae.
The female lays her eggs in a spaced array on a leaf. The eggs are pale yellow and rounded.
The species has been found in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 437.
General Illustration of Entomology,
An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite and other Islands in the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans,
London (1803), p. 179, and also Plate on p. 178.
The Australian Arctiid Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) with emphasis on Creatonotos Gangis,
Issue 65 (June 2012), pp. 9-10,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Peter Marriott ,
Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 22-23.
(updated 3 November 2011, 3 May 2018, 25 October 2020)