Clear Winged Snout Moth
(one synonym : Sitina epipasta Swinhoe, 1917)
LASIOCAMPINAE , LASIOCAMPIDAE , BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)
This Caterpillar is grey and hairy. It has two black hair pencils at the head, which look like a pair of horns. There is a red gland on the back of each segment, some of which protrude and have black tips. Some abdominal segments are blackened, particularly the first and last. Early instars have a pale yellow metathorax. The caterpillar has been found feeding on the leaves of:
The pupa is brown and green , with dark head and tail. It is formed in a loose white cocoon.
The adult butterflies are grey with patterns of light and dark lines and spots. The abdomen is black, and the female has a tuft of white hairs tipped with black on the last segment. The males are smaller, having a wingspan of about 2.5 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species occurs over much of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 39.12, 39.13, pl. 27.15, p. 391.
Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA,
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 14-15.
Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
E.W. Janson, London, 1869, pp. 67-68, No. 10.
(updated 18 February 2010, 19 September 2013)