(one synonym : Artaxa simulans Butler, 1884)
LYMANTRIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)
The caterpillars of this species are grey, brown, and black, with white speckles, and have voluminous white hairs along each side, and off-white tussocks along each side of the back. There are double tussocks on two segments behind the head, and on the final segment.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon in folded leaves joined with silk.
The adults are dark brown, except for a yellow thorax, a yellow tuft of hair on the tip of the abdomen, yellow tips to each forewing, and a broad yellow margin to each hindwing.
The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
This species lives in the rain forests of
and has been found in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 429.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 110.
Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
Nieuwe Exotische Tineinen,
Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
Volume 24 (1881), p. 128.
(updated 11 February 2010, 7 December 2019)