Asura polyspila Turner, 1940
LITHOSIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Asura polyspila
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Pearson, Airlie Beach, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is grey and furry with a brown head. It has been found feeding on

  • Collared Earth Star ( Geastrum triplex, FUNGI )

    Asura polyspila
    head in close-up
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Pearson, Airlie Beach, Queensland)

    The caterpillar grows to a length of about 1.5 cms. It pupates inside its final larval skin on a log or wherever it was last feeding.

    Asura polyspila
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    This species has adult moths that have a bold pattern of black and yellow. The female moths have threadlike antennae. The male moths have feathery antennae. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    Asura polyspila
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species has been found in Australia in

  • north Queensland.


    Further reading:

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 18.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of the Australian Arctiidae (Lepidoptera),
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 51 (1940), p. 99, No. 141.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 183.


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    (updated 24 April 2008, 1 September 2018)