(one synonym: Miresa fumifera Swinhoe, 1890)
(Photo: courtesy of John Horstman, Sinobug, itchydogimages)
This caterpillar is green and dome-shaped, with several faint pale lines along the body. It has been found feeding on the foliage of many different plants, including:
The female adult moths have pale brown forewings, each with a big central rusty-brown patch containing a white spot. The hindwings and body are brown.
The males have a similar pattern but the fore and hind wings are much darker. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
There are various patches of raised scales on the wings which give it a cryptic appearance in its resting pose.
The eggs are translucent and flat. They are laid singly or in small groups on a foodplant.
The species occurs across south-east Asia, including:
and in Australia in:
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 104.
Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
Lepidoptera van Celebes,
Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
Volume 22 (1878), pp. 118-119, and also Plate 10, fig. 1.
(updated 20 July 2014, 22 March 2015)