(one possible synonym : Leucania obumbrata Lucas, 1894)
HADENINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)
The adult moth has brown forewings with a complex pattern. The hind wings are pale, darkening toward the margin, with dark brown veins. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The moth is preyed on by the Bolas Spider ( Ordgarius magnificus, ARANEIDAE ). which emits a pheromone similar to that of the female moth to attract male moths within range of a sticky ball of glue which the spider swings on a length of silk.
The species has been found in
The genus to which this species is assigned is controversial.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 60.
George F. Hampson,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 5 (1905), pp. 475-476, No. 1824, and also Plate 91, fig. 14.
(updated 14 April 2013, 24 February 2016, 7 October 2020)