Dudgeonea actinias Turner, 1902
DUDGEONIDAE,   COSSOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
&
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

This caterpillar has been found boring into the branches of

  • Psydrax attenuatum, ( RUBIACEAE )


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adults of this species have brown forewings that each have a bunch of white bubble markings by the apex and the base. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    The species is found in :

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    This species is smaller and has fewer forewing spots than Dudgeonea polyastra.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 6.12, p. 273.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 55.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 202.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007.


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    (written 11 February 2013, updated 25 May 2013, 31 March 2019)