(one synonym is Laelia ostracina Turner, 1902)
LYMANTRIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Barry Muir, Cairns, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is fawn and hairy, with dark markings on the back of each segment, four white dorsal tussocks, a pair of dark hair pencil horns on the head, and a single dark hair pencil on the tail.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on
Pupation occurred in a substantial white silk cocoon attached to a nearby object.
The adult male moth has fawn forewings each with narrow scalloped white-edged bands and some dark spots. The hindwings are plain fawn. The wingspan of the male moth is about 4 cms.
The adult female moth has fawn forewings, each with a chesnut patch outlined by narrow scalloped white-edged bands and some dark spots. The hindwings are plain fawn. The wingspan of the female moth is about 5 cms.
A newly emerged female is reluctant to fly until she has attracted a mate, then they fly off together, eloping to some more congenial spot.
The species is found in :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 25 (1900), p. 33.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera.,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 26 (1902), p. 200.
(written 22 September 2018, updated 23 July 2020)