Painted Clear Winged Snout Moth
(one synonym : Sitina cinyra Swinhoe, 1917)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, in Morwell Park, Victoria)
This is a brown Caterpillar covered with flattened hairs, which are long at the front, back, and sides of the body. There is a pale triangular mark on the back near abdominal segment five. It has been found feeding on the leaves of:
It grows to a length of about 5 cms.
The male and female moths are dark grey, with white markings on the forewings, and a white zig-zag stripe across each hindwing. The thorax of the males is black whereas that of the females is white with a pattern of three dark marks like a face. The abdomen is black, with a white anal tuft. The wingspan of the males is about 2 cms. That of the females is about 3 cms.
The eggs are nearly spherical, and are brown with white markings. They are laid in irregular masses on a leaf of a foodplant.
The species occurs across Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 12.11, 12.12, p. 391.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 14-15.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Lepidoptera.,
Annals of the Queensland Museum,
Volume 10 (1911), p. 94.
(updated 22 December 2009)