(previously known as Naxia absentimacula)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, listed as Bastilla absentimacula)
The Caterpillars of this species are speckled grey with two white spots on the head. The caterpillars have been found on
The adult moths have a broad curving pattern of light and dark brown patches on the forewings, and suffused white lines on a brown background on the hindwings. In the natural resting posture of the moth, the curved patterns on the two forewings are aligned, giving the appearance of a single item that could be some bark or a dead leaf. The moths have a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species occurs over eastern Asia, including
and in Australia in
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 255, No. 1676.
(updated 18 July 2010, 27 August 2019)