Anaxidia lozogramma (Turner, 1902)
(previously known as Parasa lozogramma)
LIMACODIDAE ,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anaxidia lozogramma
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Worba Park, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species are green with a red and white dorsal stripe. There are three pairs of projections with stinging hairs at the head and at the tail, and a series of similar projections along each side. the projections at the head are sometimes darker than the others, and the dorsal stripes more coloured at the rear.

The caterpillars have been found feeding on the leaves of a variety of plants including

  • Camellia ( Camellia japonica THEACEAE ),
  • Macadamia ( Macadamia integrifolia, PROTEACEAE ), and
  • Large-leaf Hop-bush ( Dodonaea triquetra, SAPINDACEAE ).

    Anaxidia lozogramma
    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The adult moths are brown, with plain hindwings, and with a diagonal line and a submarginal arc on each forewing. The wingspan is about 3 cms. The moths show an unusual 'calling' behaviour: lying on their back and lifting the abdomen upward, presumably to disperse pheromones.

    Anaxidia lozogramma
    adult moth 'calling'
    (Photo: courtesy of Robert Whyte, taken in The Gap, Queensland)

    The species occurs in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 28.19, p. 301.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 103.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 No.1 (1902), p. 193.


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    (updated 28 May 2013)