Mecytha fasciata (Walker, 1855)
Macadamia Cup Moth
(one synonym : Apoda xylomeli Scott, 1864)
LIMACODIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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.


(Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

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.


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

They are found over much of mainland Australia, including

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


    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)

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 4 (1855), p. 851.


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    (updated 13 September 2012, 15 February 2017)