Lawson's Night Moth
(one synonym : Polydesma pullaria Swinhoe, 1902)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
Ian McMillan & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species feed on :
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.
The species is often confused with Speiredonia mutabilis, but the undersides are quite different.
The species is normally found over most of the drier inland areas of mainland Australia, including
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.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 12-13.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 136.
(updated 17 March 2011, 5 January 2017, 5 December 2019, 29 November 2020)