(previously known as Calliodes lanipes)
CATOCALINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
This adult moth has a dark subtle pattern, including scalloped markings along the margins, an eyespot on each forewing, and with a bold diagonal white line across each wing. The wingspan is about 6 cms.
The resting posture has the white lines on all four wings aligned to look like a smiling mouth of a monster with a pair of eyes above and a row of teeth below Curiously: the moth often likes to face downwards when resting, which rather interferes with the monster illusion.
The species is found over the north-east quarter of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
Descriptions of Three Lepidopterous Insects from Queensland,
Entomologist's Monthly Magazine,
Volume 14 (1877), pp. 109-110.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 454.
At the Light Trap: Records of daytime flying moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Agaristinae) and the genus Donuca (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae),
Issue 55 (December 2009), pp. 24-27,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 132.
(updated 22 March 2013)