Margined Browntail Moth
(also known as Urocoma marginalis)
LYMANTRIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)
The Caterpillars of this species feed nocturnally on
The adult moth has a dark brown body, and brown wings. The wings are speckled sparsely with white dots, and have an irregular band of white along the margins. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The eggs are laid in in irregular clusters of about 20 to 30, and covered in hairs from the females abdominal tail tuft. The eggs are spherical and white.
The species is found over the eastern half of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 43.11, p. 429.
Moths of Victoria: Part 2,
Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 16-19.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), pp. 845-846, No. 2.
(updated 26 June 2010, 6 March 2020)