Acyphas species
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillar of this species has been found feeding in Bundaberg, Queensland, on the leaves of:

  • Roses ( Rosa odorata, ROSACEAE ), and
  • Hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, MALVACEAE ).


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

    The animal is brown and hairy with two white spots: on segments six and seven. It also has two hairy horns on its head. It grew to a length of about 2 cms.

    It pupated in a sparse cocoon in the ground litter.


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

    The adult is white, with black eyes and a yellow tail. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


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

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    (updated 12 October 2001, 13 October 2013, 25 November 2014, 29 April 2017)