(formerly known as Ophiusa senex)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are brown, with a lot of thin pale stripes along the body.
The tail has a pair a short red horns, and there is a small black spot each side of the first abdominal segment. The legs are pink. The head is off-white with a pattern of brown zigzag markings.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 6 cms.
Pupation occurs in a flimsy off-white cocoon spun between joined leaves. The pupa is brown, with a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moths have variable broad curving patterns of light and dark brown patches on the forewings, and suffused light and dark areas on the hindwings.
The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 133.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 15 (1858), pp. 1832-1833, ref. 1435.
(updated 10 March 2010, 2 December 2014, 29 September 2019, 6 March 2021)