Eloasa infrequens (Scott, 1864)
(previously known as Apoda infrequens)
LIMACODIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eloasa infrequens
drawing by Harriet and Helena Scott, listed as Apoda infrequens
,
Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 6,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Australian Museum.

This Caterpillar is green and dome shaped, with a number of faint pale lines running from head to tail. It has been found feeding on:

  • Flintwood ( Scolopia braunii, SALICACEAE ),
  • Dwarf Plum Pine ( Podocarpus spinulosus, PODOCARPACEAE ), and
  • Red Olive Plum ( Elaeodendron australe, CELASTRACEAE ).

    Eloasa infrequens
    drawing by Harriet and Helena Scott, listed as Apoda infrequens
    ,
    Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 6,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Australian Museum.

    The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms.

    Eloasa infrequens
    male
    (Photo courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The moths have shaded pale brown forewings, each with a sometimes double dark diagonal line ending in a vague dark spot by the middle of the costa.

    Eloasa infrequens
    (Photo courtesy of Donna Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)

    The male moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The female moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The colours depends on lighting and the direction of view.

    Eloasa infrequens
    (Photo courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The moths have an unusual natural posture, with the head down flat, and the forelegs splayed out. On the thorax, the moths erect a curved crest with a red and black edge. The abdomen is covered in pale brown hairs, with ring wings of red and black hairs between the segments.

    Eloasa infrequens
    male, drawing by Harriet and Helena Scott, listed as Apoda infrequens
    ,
    Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 6,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Australian Museum.

    The species is found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Eloasa infrequens
    female, drawing by Harriet and Helena Scott, listed as Apoda infrequens
    ,
    Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 6,,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Australian Museum.


    Further reading :

    Harriet, Helena, and Alexander W. Scott,
    Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations,
    Volume 1 (1864), p. 20, and also Plate 6.


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    (written 19 June 2014, updated 25 September 2018)