CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)
The young Caterpillars of this species are pale green shading to pale brown at the head and tail.
Later instars acquire a striped pattern.
The final instar is a patchy brown, with a nodule on the tal, and a head that seems to have a white nose.
The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon spun in the ground debris.
The pupa is brown, and covered in a white greasy powder.
The adult moths are various shades of brown, with variable dark areas and a thin pale submarginal undulating line, not reaching the costa or hind-margin, on each forewing.
The moths have a wide crest behind the head with a black front.
The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The eggs are grey and spherical, with minute grooves and dimples. They are laid in an untidy array on any convenient surface.
The moths are found all over Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.20, p. 450.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), pp. 437-438, No. 1309.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 22-23.
(updated 14 May 2013, 20 August 2019, 10 September 2020)