(previously known as: Artaxa lucifuga)
LYMANTRIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
This adult moth has a black body with an orange hairy tuft on the tail. The forewings are brown. The hind wings are plain orange. The moths have a wingspan up to 5 cms.
The males have two pale zig-zag lines across each forewing. The females have unformly brown forewings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
It is an Australian rainforest species from
Further reading :
Thomas P. Lucas,
On twenty new Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 7, Part 2 (1892), pp. 250-251.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 110.
(updated 11 February 2010, 22 December 2012)