(one synonym : Entometa adusta Walker, 1869)
LASIOCAMPINAE, LASIOCAMPIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steven Dodge, Nowra, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is hairy and initially black with a white thorax.
Later intermediate instars become black with long white hairs, and have a pink head with a central broad black stripe, and the prothorax is black with white markings, and has a red knob each side.
The caterpillars feed on the foliage of :
In the final instar, the head, lateral knobs, and prothorax become yellow with dark markings. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 8 cms.
Most caterpillars pupate in a cocoon in a crevice or in ground debris, although some just pupate naked.
The adult male and female moths are different in appearance. The male has brown forewings shading darker at the bases, and dark brown hindwings with broad orange margins. The males have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The female moth is much larger, and has pale grey or brown forewings, each with a submarginal arc of dark dots. The hindwings are darker with broad white margins. The females have a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The eggs are pale brown and spherical, with a pale circle containing a dark spot, at one end. The eggs are laid in regular arrays of 20-30 on a leaf of a food plant.
The species is found in south-east Australia, including:
Further reading :
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 14-15.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), pp. 556-557.
(updated 6 April 2013, 6 March 2017, 20 March 2019, 6 March 2022)