Macadamia Cup Moth
(one synonym : Apoda xylomeli Scott, 1864)
LIMACODIDAE , ZYGAENOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian Common, from Moths of Australia)
This Caterpillar is green with a yellow stripe down its back. Unusually for this family, it has no tubercles, but is smoothly rounded. It feeds on many species in PROTEACEAE.
The adults are brown. The forewings each have a white patch at the wingtip and a white pattern along the inner margin. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
They are found over much of mainland Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 8.10, 25.6, p. 302.
Harriet, Helena, and Alexander W. Scott,
Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations,
Volume 1 (1864), pp. 19-20, and also Plate 6 (lower left)
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), p. 851.
(updated 13 September 2012, 6 December 2016)