CATOCALINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are long and thin with a narrow head and tail. The caterpillars are brown or green, with prominent pale line along each side. The caterpillars have been reported to feed on various plants in SAPINDACEAE, including:
as well as
The adult moth has an orange thorax, and variable patterns of the wings. Often the basal half of each forewing is orange, and the other half of each forewing is brown, with a white line dividing the colours. The brown half also contains an irregular orange spot. The hindwings are brown and black with a white spot or streak. The forewings each have a hooked wingtip. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The moth has unusual hairy flaps on its forelegs and its labial palps.
The species is found across south-east Asia, including:
as well as the northern half of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 20.5, p. 451.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 344, No. 1809.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 154.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 194.
(updated 4 March 2011, 5 May 2017)