(previously known as Uraba metallopa)
NOLINAE , NOLIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
drawing by Walter W. Froggatt, listed as Nola metallopa,
Forest insects of Australia, Sydney 1923, p. 67,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by NCSU Libraries.
These Caterpillars have been found on various Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ), including :
The caterpillars are pale yellow when young, becoming darker in later instars. They are hairy, and the hairs on the head accumulate the cast skins from earlier instars. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 1.5 cms.
When mature, they each pupate in a streamlined cocoon attached to a twig of the food plant.
The adult moth of this species is fawn with a large dark band across each forewing. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.19, p. 457.
Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 32-33.
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. I,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 726-727, No. 55.
(updated 13 November 2012)