Small Orange-spotted Sun Moth
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
These Caterpillars have been found feeding on plants in CYPERACEAE, including
The early instars feed on the roots underground, and may take two to three years to mature.
The adult moths of this species have brown forewings each traversed by variable vague pale bands, and dark brown hindwings with orange markings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species is found in
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. 70.
Bombyces and Sphinges of the Indo-Australian Region,
in Adalbert Seitz (ed.):
The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), p. 2, and also Plate 9, fig b4.
(written 27 August 2018, updated 28 August 2018)