(previously known as : Andraca adoxima)
BOMBYCIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)
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. They feed on Australian native figs (Ficus, MORACEAE).
The adult moths are a uniform pale brown colour, and have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
They occur in the subtropical east of Australia including
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.
(updated 24 November 2011)