Orange Cup Moth
(one synonym : Anapaea trigona Turner, 1942)
LIMACODIDAE , ZYGAENOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, near Coburg, Victoria)
This caterpillar is fat in the middle and pointed at both ends. It is green with a pale yellow stripe along the dorsal ridge. Actually the point at the head end is a just a shield that it pulls down over its grey head when it feels threatened.
The caterpillar feeds on the foliage of
The adult moth has freckly brown forewings, each with three orange and two white spots near the middle. The hindwings and abdomen are brown, and the thorax is off-white and hairy. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs over much of Australia, including
Further reading :
Erich Martin Hering,
Bombyces and Sphinges of the Indo-Australian Region: Limacodidae (Cochliopodidae),
in Seitz, A. (ed):
The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Part 10 (1931), pp. 667–728, Plates 85–90.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 106.
(updated 23 December 2012, 12 April 2014)