Eloasa symphonistis (Turner, 1936)
(previously known as Parasa symphonistis)
LIMACODIDAE,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eloasa symphonistis
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

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:

  • Black Wattle ( Acacia leiocalyx, MIMOSACEAE ), and
  • Smooth Davidson's Plum ( Davidsonia johnsonii, CUNONIACEAE ).

    Eloasa symphonistis
    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

    It grows to a length of about 1 cm. The Caterpillar pupates in between leaves in a hard brown cocoon.

    Eloasa symphonistis
    male

    The male adult moth is brown, with dark marks on each forewing. The female moths are brown with a narrow white line across each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

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

    The species is found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 47 (1936), pp. 48-49.


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    (updated 15 January 2011)