Euproctis subnobilis (Snellen, 1881)
(one synonym : Artaxa simulans Butler, 1884)
LYMANTRIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Euproctis subnobilis
(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.

Euproctis subnobilis
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Mistletoe.

    Euproctis subnobilis
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

    The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon in folded leaves joined with silk.

    Euproctis subnobilis
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    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.

    Euproctis subnobilis
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

    The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

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

    This species lives in the rain forests of

  • Indonesia,

    and has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • Victoria.

    Euproctis subnobilis
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 429.

    Buck Richardson,
    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.


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    (updated 11 February 2010, 7 December 2019)