(one synonym : Catephia pilipes Guenée, 1852)
Tropical White Patch
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
These Caterpillars have been recorded feeding on
They have also been found pupating on the trunk of
Pupation occurs in a cocoon covered in debris typically on a tree trunk.
The adult moths have dark brown forewings with a subtle pattern, and white hindwings with broad black margins and dark basal areas. The black margins of the hindwings sometimes contain white patches. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
This species occurs around the world in the tropics, including:
as well as the subspecies ecclesiastica (Butler, 1874) occurring Australia which has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.8, p. 451.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), pp. 44-45, No. 1375.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 18-19.
(updated 20 July 2012, 24 June 2014)