(one synonym : Dasychira divisa)
LYMANTRIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jan MacDonald, Finch Hatton, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species is hairy, with four white or brown dorsal tussocks, two pairs of white lateral tussocks, a black hair pencil on the tail, and a pair of black hair pencils each side of the head. The head and true legs are red.
It is reported to feed on the foliage of many plants, including :
The Caterpillar pupates inside a silk cocoon spun between the leaves of the foodplant.
The adult moth is dimorphic. Both sexes have (different) patterns of light and dark brown on the fore wings, buff coloured hind wings, and brown bodies. The male has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The female has an aereole (tranparent area with no scales) on each forewing, and a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species may be found across south east Asia, including :
as well as in Australia in:
The undersides are simar but the markings less pronounced.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 43.4, p. 428.
Neuer oder rarer nichteuropäischer Gattungen,
Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmettlinge,
Volume 2 (1823), p. 19, No. 147, and also Plate 51: figs. 293, 294.
(updated 22 June 2010, 4 October 2014, 9 December 2015)