(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 forewings with a complex pattern in variable colours, including yellow, brown, green, and white. The hindwings are white 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)