(previously known as Thyrsoscelis iridias)
CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)
These caterpillars are off-white and covered in dark dots. There is a crest on the penultimate abdominal segment. The caterpillars were thought to be feeding on
The caterpillar pupates in an untidy brown and white cocoon under a foodplant leaf.
The adult moths are brown with of dark diagonal lines across each forewing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as:
Some taxonomists have the view that this species is identical to, and its name a senior synonym of Aiteta elaina.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.7, p. 458.
On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea,
Transactions of The Entomological Society of London,
1889, p. 473, No. 50.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 167.
(updated 13 November 2012)