Gastridiota adoxima (Turner, 1902)
(previously known as Andraca adoxima)
BOMBYCIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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

  • Australian native figs (Ficus species, MORACEAE).


    female laying eggs
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

    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

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    eggs being laid
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

    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 187192.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 184.


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    (updated 24 November 2011, 6 February 2017)