(one synonym Psecadia apicalis Matsumura, 1931)
(Photo: courtesy of John Mills)
The Caterpillars of this species are black or dark green with 3 yellow stripes, and pale bands between segments.
The caterpillars feed on members of the family BORAGINACEAE :
The Caterpillars spin threads of silk between the tree and the ground, and use them to commute. The caterpillars have a length of about 3 cm.
The adult moths have grey fore wings, with a row of black spots along the wing edges, and a further pattern of black spots over each fore wing. The hind wings are yellow with a large black area on each wing tip. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
This species may be found from Madagascar to the Pacific, including
and has been found in the northern tropics of Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 248-249.
Jerry A. Powell,
Biology and Immature Stages of Australian Ethmiid Moths (Gelechioidea),
Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera,
Volume 20 (1981), Number 4, pp. 214-234.
Neue Lepidopteren aus Madagaskar, die sich im Museum der Seckenberg,
Bericht über die Senckenbergischen Naturforschende Gesellschaft,
1879-1880, p. 310, No. 93.
(updated 26 March 2009, 15 January 2013, 28 April 2015, 7 May 2021)