Eudesmeola lawsoni (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
(one synonym : Polydesma pullaria Swinhoe, 1902)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Ian McMillan & Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on :

  • Australian Willow ( Geijera parviflora , RUTACEAE ).


    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The adult moths have brown wings with a complex pattern of light and dark lines and markings. Underneath, the wings are pale brown, with a broad dark brown submarginal band, and a prominent dark spot in the middle of each wing. The moths have a wingspan of about 7 cms.


    female, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Diatenes lawsoni
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXI, fig. 30,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species is often confused with Speiredonia mutabilis, but the undersides are quite different.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The species is normally found over most of the drier inland areas of mainland Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 46.9, p. 452.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 8, and also Plate 111, fig. 30.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 136.


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    (updated 17 March 2011, 5 Jauary 2017)