(previously known as : Euproctis aliena)
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is yellow, with rows of black spots containing white dots along its length, and a red spot on each of the penultimate two segments.
Each black spot has a bunch of hairs sticking out from it. A pair of black hair pencils stand out like a pair of horns arising from a pair of prominent orange verrucae: one each side of the head.
The caterpillar has been found on :
On Grapes, they feed on the stems of the bunches of fruit, seemingly only eating the fruit as a last resort.
On grapes: pupation occurs in a pale brown cocoon spun on its foodplant. In captivity, it pupated in a sparse cocoon at the bottom of its container.
The adult moths have white wings, with the males having a brown leading edge to the forewings. The abdomen is deep yellow, and hairy. The thorax is brown. The moths have prominent black eyes, and both sexes have feathery antennae. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in Peak Downs, Townsville, North Burnett, and Bundaberg, in
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
On the Lepidoptera of the family Lithosiidae, in the Collection of the British Museum,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
Volume 4 (1886), p. 386.
(updated 26 August 2011, 29 May 2017)