Don Herbison-Evans (
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
These Caterpillars bore into the stems and branches of various species of Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ), includng :
The Caterpillar pupates in its wooden tunnel near the entrance, forming a plug at the entrance before doing so. It pushes this plug out a few days before emerging as a moth.
The adult moths are pale orange, with a white and a brown diagonal stripe, and a white eye-spot and other white markings on each forewing. They have a dark brown abdomen. The moths can be very large, having a wingspan up to 25 cms.
The adult moths are inclined to hang from a branch and look like a dead leaf.
When disturbed: they arch their abdomen.
The species occurs in Queensland and New South Wales.
Further reading :
Butterflies and Moths, Collins Eyewitness Handbooks, Sydney 1992, p. 294.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 148.
Notes on Zelotypia stacyi, and an account of a variety, Kabourek, Sokolska, Czech Republic, 1887, 4 pp.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 42.
(updated 2 April 2011)