(one synonym: Hyleora lacerta Druce, 1901)
THAUMETOPOEINAE , NOTODONTIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: part 2)
The Caterpillars of this species are pale green with a crenulated ridge running along each side of the back. The caterpillars are thought to feed on Gum trees, including
The adult moth has dark brown forewings, each with a broad indistinct pale submarginal band, and sometimes with a white stripe extending from the base. The moth has pale brown hindwings with dark edges, and an orange body. The wingspan of the male is about 9 cms. The female has a wingspan of about 10 cms.
The moths are noted for resting only a few centimetres above the ground on saplings and posts.
The species is found in the southern half of Australia, including
Further reading :
Descriptions of some new species of Heterocera,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1889, p. 78.
Moths of Victoria: part 2,
Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 14-15.
Johann Gottlieb Otto Tepper,
Part II Lepidoptera, or butterflies and moths of Adelaide,
Common native insects of South Australia,
Adelaide, 1890, pp. 26-27.
(updated 7 April 2013)