(also known as Orvasca paradoxa)
LYMANTRIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)
These Caterpillars are very colourful. They are green along the sides, with a broad purple stripe along the back interrupted by an orange bar on each segment, and a thin white line along the middle of the back The thorax has two pairs of black-edged white spots. The penultimate two abdominal segments each have a dark red gland. The head has a pair of long dark hair tufts, and there is single similar tuft on the tail.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The adult moth is white except for a yellow brush on its tail. Also the moth has a few dark yellow scales on the hind margins of the forewings, although these coloured scales fall off very easily. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera-Heterocera from the Australian region,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1886, Part 4, p. 385, and also Plate 9, fig. 2.
Host plant for Euproctis paradoxa (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) and notes on the Genus Euproctis,
Issue 63 (December 2011), pp. 20-21,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
(updated 7 October 2002, 30 January 2014)