(one synonym : Ischyja euryleuca Prout, 1932)
CALPINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are brown, with a pale knobbly back.
At rest, they coil in a knot around a twig. We have seen this unusual posture in only one other species, (curiously: in a totally different family) namely Stibaroma melanotoxa.
The pupa is brown, and formed in a nest of leaves joined by silk.
The adult moth of this species has dark brown forewings. The males have pale patches on the forewings. The hindwings are white with a broad dark brown margin. The moths have a slight purplish suffusion.
The underside is black, with a white bar across each forewing, and a large white basal patch on each hindwung. The wingspan is about 10 cms.
The species occurs in
and also in Australia in
Further reading :
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 5.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 143.
New eastern Heterocera,
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 7, Volume 10 (1902), p. 498.
(updated 27 January 2011)