(formerly known as Spatalia indistincta)
NOTODONTINAE, NOTODONTIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt. Molloy, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are smooth and brown with a large head, and a pale double lump on the last segment.
Later instars develop scattered pale spots, and a bulbous prothorax.
The caterpillars feed on various plants in FABACEAE, including
The caterpillars can grow to a length of about 6 cms. The caterpillars pupate in a silky cocoon between leaves of the foodplant.
The adult moths have dark brown wings that have complex dimorphic patterns. The males have two angular white patches on each forewing, and a forked tuft of long scales on the tip of the abdomen.
The females have a broad pale streak on each forewing.
Both sexes have forewing hind margins each have two concave arcs. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 7 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Lionel Walter Rothschild,
On some apparently new Notodontidae,
Volume 24 (1917), p. 231.
(written 22 October 2018, updated 8 October 2020, 29 March 2021)