Orgyia papuana Riotte, 1976
(one synonym: Orgyia postica Strand, 1933)
LYMANTRIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Orgyia papuana
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillar of this species has been found on

  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBENEACEAE ).

    The male adult moth has brown forewings, each with grey areas, and a black zigzag line near the middle. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    Orgyia australis
    male: drawing by Embrik Strand, listed as Orgyia postica

    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), Plate 42, fig i2,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

    The species has been found in :

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • north Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Jules C.E. Riotte,
    1976 Kurze Notiz zur Kenntnis einer neuen Art der Gattung Orgyia von Papua New Guinea und Australien (Lep. Lymantriidae),
    Entomologische Zeitung, Frankfurt am Mainz,
    Volume 86, Part 9 (1976), pp. 89-93.

    Jules C.E. Riotte,
    1976 Australian and Papuan Tussock Moths of the Orgyia Complex (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae),
    Pacific Insects,
    Volume 20, Parts 2-3 (1979), pp. 293-311.

    Embrik Strand,
    Pantana - Laelia,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.):
    The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), p. 304, and also Plate 42, fig i2.


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    (updated 28 February 2012, 26 August 2017)