(previously: Rhodogastria rubripes)
ARCTIINAE, ARCTIIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Sean Norman, Airley Beach, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this moth have been found feeding on poisonous vines in the family APOCYNACEAE such as
The adult moth has wings that are a translucent white, with a white head, and white thorax with black spots. There is a red collar between the head and thorax. The abdomen is yellow on top and white underneath. There are red and orange areas on the legs, hind wings, and body. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The adult moth when disturbed, exudes a frothy yellow fluid from glands beside the eyes, and makes a sizzling noise.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 434-435.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 13.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 31, Supplement 1 (1865), pp. 304-305.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 181.
(updated 9 February 2013, 27 January 2016)