Genduara subnotata (Walker, 1869)
Clear Winged Snout Moth
(one synonym : Sitina epipasta Swinhoe, 1917)
LASIOCAMPINAE ,   LASIOCAMPIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Genduara subnotata
(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:

  • Mistletoe ( LORANTHACEAE ), and
  • Cherry Ballart ( Exocarpos cupressiformis, SANTALACEAE ).

    Genduara subnotata
    (Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)

    The pupa is brown and green , with dark head and tail. It is formed in a loose white cocoon.

    Genduara subnotata
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    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.

    Genduara subnotata
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 1)

    The species occurs over much of Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, figs. 39.12, 39.13, pl. 27.15, p. 391.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 1,
    Silk Moths and Allies - BOMBYCOIDEA
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2008, pp. 14-15.

    Francis Walker,
    Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    E.W. Janson, London, 1869, pp. 67-68, No. 10.


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    (updated 18 February 2010, 19 September 2013)