CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Elisabeth Burton, Mallabula, New South Wales)
This caterpillar is black with a narrow pale yellow band on each of the first four abdominal segments, and one on the tail segment. The head is rusty-orange. The first two pairs of prolegs are missing, so it walks in a looper fashion. It has been found feeding on
The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon covered in chewed vegetation on a branch of the foodplant.
The adult moth has a crest of scales halfway along the forewing hind margin that disguises its shape when the moth is at rest with the wings folded.
The moth has brown forewings with a golden sheen, each with variable pale splotches. The forewing tips are recurved. The margins and hind-margins of the forewings have a cusp near the middle.
The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera Heterocera from the Australian region,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1886, p. 407, No. 43.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 12-13.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 149.
(updated 12 October 2011, 27 August 2023)