(also known as Rusicada combinans)
CALPINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
This spectacular Caterpillar is grey with rows of yellow spots along each side edged in black, and a white dorsal line also edged in black.
It has been found feeding on :
The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 4 cms.
It pupates in a curled leaf on the foodplant.
The adult moth of this species is dark orange, with a faint brown tracey and a dark mark in the middle of each forewing. The forewing costa is slightly curved to give a slightly hooked wingtip, and the forewing margins are doubly recurved giving a shallow cusp halfway down. The moth has a wing span of about 4 cms.
The species has been found across south-east Asia, including:
and in Australia in:
Further reading :
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 13 (1858), p. 1001, No. 7.
(updated 15 July 2012, 12 April 2016)