Epicoma argentata (Walker, 1865)
(one synonym is Marane subargentea Walker, 1865)
THAUMETOPOEINAE,   NOTODONTIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Epicoma argentata
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

These Caterpillars have a short black dorsal tussock and several brown lateral verrucae on each abdominal segment.

Epicoma argentata
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

They have been found feeding on

  • Green Plum (Buchanania obovata, ANACARDIACEAE), and
  • Lilipillies (Syzygium species, MYRTACEAE).

    Epicoma argentata
    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The adult moth has wings that are off-white, each with a marginal row of whiter spots, a variable faint submarginal wavy brown line, and sometimes a brownish spot near the middle.

    Epicoma argentata
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The abdomen is yellow, with a pale yellow anal tuft. The males have orange hairs around the anal tuft. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Epicoma argentata
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, listed as Epicoma subargentea)

    This species occurs in :

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Epicoma argentata
    underside, male
    (Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 177.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), p. 355.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), p. 397.


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    (updated 11 November 2012, 16 April 2020, 31 January 2021)