(formerly known as Parasa dnophera)
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species is green with dark speckles and a white dorsal stripe. The caterpillars have a smooth hump-backed shape.
The head is normally held tucked under the thorax. The caterpillar has no prolegs, and moves in a slug-like fashion.
The head end has two red spikes, and the sides have hairs sticking out like a sparse skirt, which may sting.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on:
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms. It pupates under the soil, in a roughly spherical tough dense cocoon, having a diameter of about 1.5 cms.
The adult moth of this species is grey-brown, with a wide pale margin to each forewing. The hindwings are brown, darkening along the hind-margin.
The head is black, and the antennae are brown. The thorax has two white lines across it, and also two more: one each side. The legs are hairy, with alternating bands of white and dark brown.
The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species has been found in
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: Supplementary,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 56 (1931), pp. 333-334.
(written 17 March 2021)