(one synonym : Anocala cabbalistica Scott, 1891)
Rainforest Vine Moth
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Whitington, Wonboyn, New South Wales)
The Caterpillars of this species can be pale yellow or green, with black spots along the back, a yellow line along each side, and yellow patches on the last two segments. The head is pale brown.
The black spots seem to come in various sizes, and some caterpillars may be better described as black with pale yellow markings.
The caterpillars have been reported to feed on various plants in APOCYNACEAE :
Caterpillars in captivity pupated with no cocoon, naked on the floor of their container.
The adult moth is black, with a white lines, including a broad diagonal stripe, on each forewing, and two yellow spots on each hindwing. There are white bands across the thorax, and a yellow band across each abdominal segment. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
This species has been found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 450.
General Illustration of Entomology,
An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite and other Islands in the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans,
London (1803), Part 1, p. 146. and also Plate p. 144.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 10-11, 18-19.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 139.
Harriet, Helena, and Alexander W. Scott,
Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations,
Volume 2 (1869), p. 25, and also Plate 18.
(written 13 January 2001, updated 22 December 2009, 27 June 2013, 15 March 2015, 10 January 2016, 15 February 2017, 28 October 2020)