(one synonym : Spiramia revolvens Walker 1858)
CATOCALINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
This adult moth has a spectacular pattern of spiral lines curving into a large eyespot on each forewing, on a fawn background. The abdomen is orange with black bands. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
In the natural posture of the moth, particularly of the paler female: the hindwings cover the abdomen, and the submarginal bands on the fore- and hind- wings line up to give the impression of a monster with four eyes, a moustache, and a tooth-filled mouth.
The species occurs in
and the tropical north of Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 46.3, p. 454.
George Francis Hampson,
Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 12 (1913), p. 353, No. 7464, and also Plate 209, figs. 8, 9.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 25.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 154.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 14 (1858), p. 1322, No. 7.
(updated 24 June 2011)