(one synonym : Sericia anops Guenée, 1852)
Plain Cloak Moth
CATOCALINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
Ian McMillan & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species have been observed feeding on:
The adult moths have brown wings. On top they have a complex pattern of dark lines and areas with a purple tinge. Underneather they are a plain flat brown. They have a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The moths favour dark places, such as caves, to rest during daylight hours, but suffer predation by bats in these places.
The species is often confused with Eudesmeola lawsoni, but the undersides are quite different.
The species has been found in:
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 451.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
Tom. 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 12, No. 12.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 18-19.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 151.
(updated 18 July 2010, 10 April 2017)