Elusive White Spotted Snout Moth
(previously known as Rhathymodes lechriodes)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
Mike & Pat Coupar
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)
The young instars of this caterpillar are hairy, and are pale grey or brown. with sparse red markings. Later instars develop a subtle pattern that looks like the wrinkled bark of a branch.
When disturbed : mature caterpillars display black markings sometimes edged with red, on the thorax.
The caterpillar feeds on:
The caterpillar grows to a length of up to 6 cms.
It pupates in a cocoon on the foodplant.
The male and female adult moths are different. The females are stout and brown, with a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The males are smaller with a white spot in the middle of each forewing. They have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species occurs in :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 389.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 58.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 6-9.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in australian Lepidoptera,
Annals of the Queensland Museum,
Volume 10 (1911), p. 89.
(updated 30 March 2008, 6 April 2013, 17 December 2021, 3 February 2022)