(also known as Thermisia consueta Walker, 1869)
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mount Molloy, Queensland)
Early instars of this Caterpillars of are pale green with an off-white line along the back, and two more along each side.
In later instars: the lower line each side is wider and contains reddish-brown lines, and the head develops a brown and white collar.
The caterpillars have been been found feeding on
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3.5 cms.
The pupa is brown, with a length of about 2 cms. It is formed in a sparse cocoon in the leaf litter.
The adult moth of this species is pale brown, with a number of darker dots and curving lines on the wings. One prominent line extends from the wingtip to the centre of the hind margin of each wing. In the natural posture of the moth: these lines are aligned and look like the midvein of a leaf. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The underside is yellow with brown lines and a white spot under each wing.
The species has been found in
and also in Australia in
Further reading :
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Exhibentes eorum Differentias Specificas,
Hamburg & Kilonii : C.E. Bohnii, Volume 2 (1793), p. 506.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 125.
(updated 13 July 2012, 6 October 2021)