Hylaeora eucalypti Doubleday, 1849
Gum Rough-head
(one synonym : Sorama inclyta Walker, 1862)
NOTODONTINAE ,   NOTODONTIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Nora Peters, Melton, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species are green with a row of white nodules edged with purple along the back. The legs are red. The abdomen tapers to the rear.


(Photo: courtesy of Nora Peters, Melton, Victoria)

The caterpillars feed on :

  • various species of Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Nora Peters, Melton, Victoria)

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings, rusty brown hindwings, and an orange body. The wingspan of the male is about 8 cms. The female has a wingspan of about 9 cms. The moths have a habit of resting with the head facing downward.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: part 2)

    The species is found in the southern half of Australia, including

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: part 2)


    Further reading :

    Edward Doubleday,
    Description of a new genus of Notodontidae,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1848, pp. 118-119, and also Plate 5.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria: part 2,
    Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 8-9, 14-15.


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    (updated 7 April 2013)