(formerly known as Pseudotortrix acosma)
(Photo: courtesy of Pornthap Kerkig )
The Caterpillars of this species are initially reddish-brown with a darker thorax. The early instars have sparse short hairs, and a pale brown head.
Later instars develop an orange collar to the head, and an orange knob on the back of the meta-thorax, and brown knobs on the back and black verrucae on the sides of each abdominal segment. The hairs are longer, reaching lengths up to 0.5 cm. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2.5 cms.
The adult moths have brown forewings, each with a pale basal half and a darker marginal half, and a dark line along the margin. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
This species has been found in :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Microlepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 38 (1913), p. 207.
(written 14 March 2019)