(one synonym : Phlegetonia conspicienda Walker, 1858)
EUTELIINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
These Caterpillars initially are a translucent yellow. They have been found feeding on the young shoots of plants in MYRTACEAE, including:
The caterpillars later become brown with yellow spots, and grow to a length of about 4 cms.
They pupate under the soil.
The forewings of the adult moth vary from black to dark brown. With the paler colour, a complex pattern can be discerned. In its natural posture, the hindwings of the moth are covered by the forewings, and the tip of the abdomen is curled upward. If the moth is lying on its back, it can flip itself over using its abdomen.
The moths have satin grey hindwings with a dark border, and a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species has been found around the west Pacific, including:
as well as in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig 47.16, p. 456.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6, Section 1 (1852), p. 302, No. 1108.
(updated 14 April 2013)