(erroneously : Zia tactilis)
NOLINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
Stella Crossley and
Brett and Marie Smith
(Photo: courtesy of Nadine Brown, Gawler Ranges, South Australia)
These Caterpillars are hairy and grey, with a fine pattern of white lines, a broad off-white line along the back, and four off-white or dark grey verrucae on each segment sprouting white and black hairs, and an orange knob on the back of the two penultimate abdominal segments. The caterpillars feed on various species of MYRTACEAE, for example :
The caterpillars pupate in dense cocoons on a twig of the foodplant.
The adult moth has fawn and brown forewings with an indistinct pattern, including two triangular white streaks, a white area by the wingtips, and a comples dark knot near the middle It has several areas of raised scales on the forewings. The hindwings are pale brown darkening tward the margins. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
It is found over most of the southern half of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.17, p. 456.
Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 32-33.
Crambites & Tortricites,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 27 (1863), p. 110, No. 1.
(updated 1 March 2011, 31 March 2018)