Nola melanogramma Hampson, 1900
Black-lined Tuft-moth
(one synonym : Celama chionocrana Turner, 1944)
NOLINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

Nola melanogramma
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

These Caterpillars are pale greyish green, with several verrucae around each segment which have spiky grey bristles. There is a black wiggly line along each side of the back, and a black band across the back of abdominal segments one and five.

The caterpillar has been reared on

  • Red Lichen ( MYCOPHYTA ).

    Nola melanogramma
    Lichen covered cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

    The caterpillar pupated in a cocoon decorated with bits of Lichen.

    Nola melanogramma
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

    The adult moth has off-white forewings each with a pattern of black zigzag lines and dots. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Nola melanogramma
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae) in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 2 (1900), p. 43, No. 86, and also Plate 19, fig. 12.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: part 2,
    Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 34-35.


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    (updated 6 July 2013, 24 May 2019)