THAUMETOPOEINAE , NOTODONTIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are covered in long white bristles, and have a rusty-red mark on the back of each segment. They also have black pencils of hairs on the head and on the penultimate abdominal segment. They were found feeding on:
in Bundaberg, Queensland. Initially they are communal and drop on threads if disturbed.
Later they disperse to become solitary feeders. They stay on their chosen food leaf during the daylight. Their pattern of coloration resembles that of the dead flowers of the foodplant. They grow to a length of about 3 cms.
The adult moths are white, with a dark brown diagonal line across each fore wing, and a dark brown abdomen. They have a wingspan of about 3.5 cms.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 43.2, p. 425.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Lasiocampidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 49 (1924), p. 401.
(updated 7 April 2013)