(previously known as Bursada cleis)
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
These caterpillars have been found feeding gregariously on the foliage of the Mistletoe:
The caterpillars pupate on a leaf in a circular communal cocoon.
The adult moths are black, with a wide orange stripe across each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The eggs approximately have a diameter of about 2 mm. They are white and circular with a raised yellow middle.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 7.29, p. 312.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 5, and also Plate 130, Fig. 22.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 98.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Microlepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 38 (1913), pp. 207-208.
(updated 23 February 2011, 3 April 2021)