THAUMETOPOEINAE , NOTODONTIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are initially green , later turning brown. They have sparse short hairs. The head has a curved black line across each eye.
The adult moths of this species have brown wings with a scattering of black speckles, and some dark markings along the inner margins of the forewings. Females often have a pale spot and males a dark spot in the middle of each forewing. In their natural resting posture, the moths wrap their wings around the body. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species has been found in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboinensium a Dre. L. Doleschall annis 1856-58 collectorum species novae,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien,
Volume 43, Part 1 (1861), p. 40, No. 96.
Weird and Wonderful Moths,
Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 11-15, fig. 5,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
(written 20 April 2015)