Praxis pandesma (Lower, 1902)
(formerly known as Corrha pandesma)
Variable Praxis
CALPINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Praxis pandesma
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The Caterpillars of this species initially are stripy and green, with a dark head, and are missing two pairs of prolegs, so walk in a looper fashion.

Praxis pandesma
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

Later instars are brown and stripy, with some of the stripes darkening over the thorax and the last two segments. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Golden Wattle ( Acacia pycnantha, MIMOSACEAE ).

    Praxis pandesma

    Praxis pandesma
    (Photos: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

    The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon covered in debris. The pupa is brown.

    Praxis pandesma
    (Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

    The adult moths are a speckled brown with variable broad dark edged bands across each wing. The wing margins are slightly scalloped. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    Praxis pandesma
    (Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

    The eggs are grey flattened spheres with minute ridges. They are laid in a loose cluster an any available surface.

    Praxis pandesma
    (Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Praxis pandesma
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 656.

    Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
    Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
    Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 158.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 1, 10-11, 14-15.


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    (written 6 January 2017, updated 18 August 2019, 13 October 2019, 10 May 2020)