(one synonym : Teleclita cydista Turner, 1903)
NOTODONTINAE, NOTODONTIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Alice Ewing, taken near Broome, Western Australia)
These Caterpillars are green with a pale line along each side, and have a brown head and legs, and a brown spike on the thorax. They are speckled all over with pale yellow dots.
They have a flat tail which they normally bend back over the body to show the underside which has markings like a leaf.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on:
Pupation occurs in a tough cocoon, typically on the trunk of its foodplant. The pupa has a spine on the head which is used to cut through the cocoon when the adult is to emerge.
The adult moths of this species have forewings each with a patchy greyish-brown including markings at the wingtip and the tornus, each with jagged dark brown outlines, and a dark mark near the middle of the costa. Each hindwing is mainly white, with a small dark patch near the wingtip and near the tornus.
In its resting pose: it sticks its forelegs, which are very hairy, out in front of the body.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 421.
Frederick Parkhurst Dodd,
Notes and Observations,
Volume 35 (1902), pp. 42-43.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 176.
(updated 7 April 2013, 5 February 2019, 31 January 2021)