(one synonym : Odonestis hilaropa Lower, 1900)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)
This is a brown hairy caterpillar, with a pale dorsal stripe, and two black spots behind the thorax. It feeds on:
The adult moths are stout and brown with a white spot in the middle of each forewing.
The male has a wingspan of about 3 cms. The female about 3.5 cms.
The eggs are cream mottled with brown, and each has two brown spots. They are laid in a jumbled mass on a twig.
The species occurs in :
Further reading :
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
1775, p. 575, No. 57.
(updated 12 September 2011)