Teleclita dryinopa (Todd, 1902)
(one synonym : Teleclita cydista Turner, 1903)
NOTODONTINAE ,   NOTODONTIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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Stella Crossley

Teleclita dryinopa
(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.

Teleclita dryinopa
(Photo: courtesy of Alice Ewing, taken near Broome, Western Australia)

They have a flat tail which they normally bend back over the body to show the underside which has markings like a leaf.

Teleclita dryinopa
(Photo: courtesy of Alice Ewing, taken near Broome, Western Australia)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on:

  • Terminalia ( Terminalia species, COMBRETACEAE ) and
  • Helicopter Tree ( Gyrocarpus americanus, HERNANDIACEAE ).

    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.

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

    The adult moths of this species have forewings which are a patchy greyish-brown. Each hindwing is mainly white, with a small dark patch near the apex 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

  • the north of Western Australia,
  • the Northern Territory, and
  • northern Queensland, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 421.

    Frederick Parkhurst Dodd,
    Notes and Observations,
    Entomologist,
    Volume 35 (1902), pp. 42-43.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 176.


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    (updated 7 April 2013)