(one synonym : Toxocampa orthosiodes Walker, 1865)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)
The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on many different plants, including:
The adult moth has fawn forewings, each with variable dark markings, including a dark-edged pale submarginal line edged by a row of black triangles, and sometimes a black mark near the base. The hindwings are fawn shading to a dark margin, with a vague submarginal band. The head appears to have a black collar. The males have a bunch of pale eversible hairs on the tip of the abdomen. The moth has a wing span of about 4 cms.
The broad dark band along the margin of the underside of the forewing is diagnostic for this species.
The species has been found in :
as well as widely in Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.19, p. 450.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6, Tome 2 (1852), p. 437, No. 1308.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 10-11, 22-23.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 148.
(updated 28 July 2013, 23 February 2019, 18 August 2020)