Speiredonia mutabilis (Fabricius, 1794)
(one synonym : Sericia anops Guenée, 1852)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Ian McMillan & Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species have been observed feeding on:

  • Wattle ( Acacia, MIMOSACEAE ).

    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.


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

    The moths favour dark places, such as caves, to rest during daylight hours, but suffer predation by bats in these places.


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

    The species is often confused with Eudesmeola lawsoni, but the undersides are quite different.

    The species has been found in:

  • Fiji,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 151.


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    (updated 18 July 2010)