(previously known as Tacillia delineata)
LASIOCAMPINAE , LASIOCAMPIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Victoria)
This caterpillar is grey with long hairs. There are black tufts along the back, and the head has two black stripes. The caterpillar has been found on various plants in MYRTACEAE, including :
Pupation occurs in a white elliptical cocoon spun among the leaves of the foodplant.
The moth is grey with a fine intricate pattern on the forewings of white and brown. Each forewing has a white spot near the middle. The hindwings are plain off-white, often each with a diffuse darker band. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
It has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 12.8, p. 390.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008,, pp. 6-7, 12-13.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 6 (1855), p. 1490, No. 1.
(updated 16 April 2013)