The Caterpillars of this species are grey with orange patches, and a row of eyespots, each around a spiracle, along each side. The caterpillars feed in broad daylight. on the foliage of various species of PROTEACEAE, including
The adult moths are brown with an eyespot on each wing. When disturbed, they depress the head and abdomen, spread the wings, and incline the wings forward thus exposing the eyespots on the hindwings. The hindwings are then oscillated from side to side, presumably drawing attention to the eyespots as a defence mechanism. The moths have a wingspan of about 8 cms.
The species occurs only in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 14.12, figs. 119.1, 119.2, 1193, 119.4, pp. 402-403.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 14 (1858), pp. 1314-1315, No. 1.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
. A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 160.
(updated 11 November 2010, 11 February 2014, 26 August 2019)