Lyclene reticulata (C. Felder, 1861)
(one synonym: Barsine intrita Swinhoe, 1892)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Graeme Cocks & Stella Crossley

Lyclene reticulata
(Photo: courtesy of Dave Voice, Biosecurity New Zealand)

These caterpillars are black and hairy, with a broad white stripe along each side enveloping the row of black spiracles. The head is brown.

Lyclene reticulata
(Photo: courtesy of Bill Farnsworth, Innisfail, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are yellow with varied dark red-brown pattern on them that has a yellow cirle in the middle of each wing. The hindwings are plain yellow. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Lyclene reticulata
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species has been found in Australia in :

  • Queensland.

    This species shows some variations in the colour and pattern which overlap those of other species in Lyclene. The three similar species seem to occur in the following regions:

  • Lyclene pyraula - North of Cairns
  • Lyclene reticulata - Mossman to Townsville
  • Lyclene structa - Maryborough to Canberra


    Further reading :

    Baron Cajetan von Felder,
    Lepidopterorum Amboinensium a Dre. L. Doleschall annis 1856-58 collectorum species novae,
    Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien,
    Volume 43, Part 1 (1861), p. 36, No. 83.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 20.


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    (updated 5 August 2008)