Painted Clear Winged Snout Moth
(one synonym : Sitina cinyra Swinhoe, 1917)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)
This is a brown Caterpillar covered with curved 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. Early instars have two red marks on the thorax.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on the leaves of:
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 5 cms. The pupa is brown.
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 dark marks. 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 eggs are oval and smooth, and laid in an irregular array. They have a diameter of about 1 mm. The eggs are a speckled fawn, with pale circular markings
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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 90.
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, 18 April 2018, 12 October 2019, 18 March 2021)