(previously known as Andraca adoxima)
BOMBYCIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are a mottled grey with yellow spots. They have coloured tubercles on the first, second and last abdominal segments, a yellow head, and a yellow horn on the tail. The caterpillars feed on
The adult moths are various shades of brown. The forewings each have two dark wavy submarginal lines between which is a small blurred dark capital 'D' mark, and the area near the base has a dark smudge. The hindwings are similar to the forewings, but the markings are fainter. The males and females in this species both have feathery antennae. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species occurs in the subtropical east of Australia including
The eggs are white and ellipsoidal, with a length of about 1 mm.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 14.3, 14.5, pp. 400-401.
Ian F.B. Common and
E.D. (Ted) Edwards,
The early stages of Gastridiota adoxima Turner (Lepidoptera: Bombycoidea) and its family placement,
Australian Journal of Entomology,
Volume 30, Issue 2 (May 1991), pages 187–192.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 26 (1902), p. 184.
(updated 24 November 2011, 6 February 2017)