(previously known as Michera submurina)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Simon Ong, Kununurra, Western Australia)
The caterpillars of this species are brownish-grey, with a wide pale dorsal stripe. When scared, the caterpillars curl into a tight spiral.
The caterpillars are thought to feed on plants in the family MIMOSACEAE, including :
The caterpillars burrow under the soil to pupate.
The adult moth has brown forewings with indistinct darker markings, and buff coloured hindwings, each with a large dark spot near the tornus. It has a wing span of about 4 cms.
The species has been found in :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.12, p. 451.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 20-21.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 33, Supplement 3 (1865), p. 810.
(updated 21 July 2012, 18 August 2020, 27 October 2020)