(one synonym : Charagia coreeba Olliff, 1895)
HEPIALIDAE , HEPIALOIDEA
Stella Crossley & Peter Marriott
drawing by Harriet and Helena Scott, listed as Phloiopsyche eximia,
Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 2 (1864), Plate 11,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Australian Museum.
The Caterpillars of this species are red and hairy, with a buff tussock on the back of each segment. The caterpillars live in tunnels they dig down into the trunk and root of their food tree up to a metre in length. The entrance is usually within a metre of the ground. The have been found feeding in a wide variety of trees, such as :
The caterpillars pupate in their tunnel.
The male adult moths are blue-green all over.
The females are also mainly green with two spots on each forewing, and have orange hind wings with green borders. The moths have a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The hind legs of the male moth are interesting, having brownish hairs/scales fanning out from the knees, probably to do with courting.
The species is found in wet forest in
Further reading :
Butterflies and Moths,
Collins Eyewitness Handbooks, Sydney 1992, p. 295.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 1.3, 1.5, 23.3, 23.4, p. 148.
Harriet, Helena, and Alexander W. Scott,
Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations,
Volume 2 (1869), p. 8, and also Plate 11.
(updated 12 October 2012, 25 June 2014)