(formerly known as Cycytodes coerula)
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Maaki Ikeda)
This spectacular Caterpillar is yellow with a black band along each side containing a row of red spots, and with narrow black lines across the back The head and legs are black. It has sparse stiff long white hairs.
It has been found feeding on :
When threatened, they are inclined to swing the front part of the body from side to side. The caterpillars darken with age, and grow to a length up to 10 cms.
The adult moths have dark brown patterned forewings, each with a black-edged pale area around the wingtip. The hindwings are brown with pale blue curved bands.
The species is found across south-east Asia, including:
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée,
Histoire naturelle des insectes,
Volume 7, Part iii (1852), pp. 41-42, No. 1370, and also Plate 13, fig. 10.
George Francis Hampson,
The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
Part 9 (1893), p.104, No. 529, and also Plate 176, fig. 5.
(updated 23 August 2013, 10 April 2015, 17 August 2019, 18 June 2022)