(one synonym : Serrodes xanthorrhoea Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
CATOCALINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
The Caterpillar of this species feeds on :
The forewings of the adult moth have a complex brown pattern. The hindwings are also brown, but each has two white patches. The abdomen has orange penultimate segments. The forelegs have red hairs. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The species is found over most of mainland Australia, including
Some taxonomists have synonomised this species with Donuca memorabilis. However, Walker himself, the author of both species, clearly thought they were different species, differing particularly in the colouring of the forelegs. Also the distinguished Lepidopterist Ian Common treated the two species as distinct in his book Moths of Australia, so here we list them separately.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 21.12, p. 454.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 18, and also Plate 112, Fig. 21.
At the Light Trap: Records of daytime flying moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Agaristinae) and the genus Donuca (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae),
Issue 55 (December 2009), pp. 24-27,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 132.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Volume 33 (1865), p. 926.
(updated 14 August 2008, 6 January 2016)