Damias procrena (Meyrick, 1886)
Procrena Footman
(previously known as Chiriphe procrena)
LITHOSIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Damias procrena
early instar
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The Caterpillars of this species are dappled with green and black, and have a broad off-white line along the back with a narrow interrupted centre-line. Each segment has several short stiff lateral hairs. As the caterpillar matures, in becomes greyer with fewer green patches.

Damias procrena
later instar
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The caterpilar feeds on

  • Lichen.

    Damias procrena
    (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 brown forewings each with two jagged white bands across them. The hindwings are yellow with brown margins. The wingspan is up to 2 cms.

    Damias procrena
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

    The species is found in:

  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    Damias procrena
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)


    Further reading :

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 733-734, No. 65.


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    (updated 2 February 2010, 30 December 2018)