Graceful Sun Moth
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
These caterpillars are off-white. They live undeground, boring into the roots of various species of Matrush (ASPARAGACEAE), including
The adult moth of this species has pale grey-brown forewings each with substantial dark brown markings. The hindwings are scarlet, each with variable dark brown markings, including dark brown margins sometimes containing a submarginal arc of pale spots. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
John O. Westwood,
A monograph of the Lepidopterous genus Castnia and some allied groups,
Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, 2nd Series (Zoology),
Volume 1 (1877), p. 198, and also Plate 33, fig. 13.
(written 24 August 2018)