Lymantria lunata (Stoll, 1782)
(one synonym: Pegella ichorina Butler, 1884)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lymantria lunata
male
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This Caterpillar damages the flowers and fruit of:

  • Mango ( Mangifera indica, ANACARDIACEAE ),
  • Chirauli Nut ( Buchanania muelleri, ANACARDIACEAE ), and
  • Weeping Fig ( Ficus benjamini, MORACEAE ).

    Lymantria lunata
    female
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The adult moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms. Its body is brown with a pink shading. The wings are white or grey, with a pattern of brown lines on the forewings of the females, and grey markings on the forewings of the males.

    Lymantria lunata
    male, underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    It occurs over south-east Asia, including

  • Amboina,
  • Phuilippines,

    and the north-east coast of Australia, including

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Lymantria lunata
    drawing by Caspar Stoll, listed as Bombyx lunata
    ,
    Papillons exotiques, De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
    Volume 4 (1782), Plate CCCLXIX, Fig. C,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 19.1, p. 429.

    Caspar Stoll,
    Papillons exotiques,
    in Pieter Cramer:
    De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
    Volume 4 (1782), p. 154, and also Plate 369, Fig. C.


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    (updated 5 September 2009)