CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)
The early instars of this species are off-white, with a black head , and dark dorsal line, and two black marks on the second and on the penultimate segments of the abdomen.
In later instars, the head becomes pale brown, but the caterpillars develop a black line each side extending from the head to the second abdominal segment.
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 4 cms.
The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon in the ground litter. The pupa is brown with a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moth of this species has forewings that are greyish brown, each with various markings, including a white comma mark near the middle, and a broad complex area along margin.
The hindwings are yellow with a dark mark near the middle, and a broad dark band along the margin The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species occurs in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 142.
Lionel Walter Rothschild,
Lepidoptera of the British Ornithologists' Union and Wollaston Expeditions in the Snow Mountains, Southern Dutch New Guinea,
Part 1. London : Hazell, Watson & Viney, 1915, pp. 57-58, No. 299.
(updated 10 March 2010, 17 August 2019, 30 September 2021)