Gum Snout Moth
(previously known as Lebeda apicalis)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
These caterpillars are brown and blotchy. They have a knob on the tail, and two fleshy horns behind the head. The horns are erected when the caterpillar is annoyed, showing two black-edged pale blue bands behind the head.
The caterpillars are thought to feed on the foliage of
The caterpillar pupates in a rather conspicuous white cocoon on a foodplant leaf.
The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with dark markings, and orange hindwings.
The males are smaller than, and have similar coloration to, the females, but have forewings that are narrower and have darker markings. The males have feathery antennae, and the females have thread-like antennae. The wingspan of the males is about 7 cms. The wingspan of the females is about 9 cms.
The undersides are yellow shading to speckled brown along the costas and margins, with a row of dark spots near each margin, and a black line across the middle.
The species is found in south-eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
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), pp. 92-93.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 10-11.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 6 (1855), p. 1464, No. 15.
(updated 18 September 2011, 6 February 2019, 21 August 2020)