Buzara infractafinis (T.P. Lucas, 1895)
(formerly known as Fodina infractafinis)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Buzara infractafinis
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are white with closely-spaced black patches along the back, and a broad irregular yellow line along each side. There are pairs of yellow spots on the backs of abdominal segments 2,7,8, and 9.

Buzara infractafinis
close-up of head
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)

The caterpillars have beenn found feeding on:

  • Breynia ( PHYLLANTHACEAE ).

    Buzara infractafinis
    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)

    The pupa is brown, and covered in a white greasy powder. The pupa is formed in a sparse cocoon in a curled dry leaf.

    Buzara infractafinis
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland, listed as Dysgonia infractafinis)

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings, each having a transverse white stripe, and a white mark on the costa. The hindwings are plain black. Each wing has a narrow white margin. The head and thorax are orange.

    In its normal resting pose, the major white stripes on the two forewings are aligned, breaking up the visual appearance. The wingspan is about 5 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Australian Lepidoptera : thirty new species,
    Transactions of the Natural History Society of Queensland,
    Volume 1 (1895), p. 110.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 129.


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    (updated 15 October 2010, 3 June 2017, 6 April 2022)