Symphyta nyctopis Turner, 1902
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Symphyta nyctopis
female
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

These caterpillars are thought to feed on the foliage of various species in MYRTACEAE including

  • Cabbage Gum (Eucalyptus platyphylla).

    The adults are brown or grey, with a dark dot near the middle of each forewing. The female moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The male moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 390.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 187.


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    (written 25 December 2012)