(one synonym : Cyclodes pulchra Bethune-Baker, 1906)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are pale brown with a ring of scoli on each segment, each with either a short black bristle or a long white hair. The caterpillars also have a dark dorsal line, and broken dark lines on the sides of each segment. The head is brown. The caterpillars have been found feeding the leaves of
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 7 cms.
The pupa is formed in a loose cocoon between curled dead leaves. The pupa has a length of about 4 cms.
The adult moth has greyish-brown forewings with feathery patterns, each wing with an eye spot near the base. The hindwings are white with black bands near the margin, and a brown band near the base. The wingspan is about 6 cms.
The species occurs in
also in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 451.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 22.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 130.
Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
Beschrijving van Cyclodes spectas, Snell., eene nieuwe soort der Noctuinen van Amboina.,
Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
Volume 29 (1886), pp. 228-232, and also Plate 8, figs. 2, 2a.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 197.
(updated 22 January 2010, 3 August 2014, 24 September 2015, 7 February 2019)