(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. Two long white hairs sprout from behind the head.
There is a pale orange knob on the back of each of the two penultimate abdominal segments.
The head is black with a brown stripe down the middle. The legs are orange.
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 complex dark knot near the middle. It has several areas of raised scales on the forewings. The hindwings are pale brown darkening toward 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.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 159.
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, 1 May 2018, 20 April 2022)