Cynosarga ornata Walker, 1865
(one synonym: Bombyx fumosa T.P.Lucas, 1895)
THAUMETOPOEINAE ,   NOTODONTIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These caterpillars are gregarious. They feed on:

  • Black Sheoke ( Allocasuarina littoralis, CASUARINACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths have forewings that have a complex pattern of light and dark brown, The hindwings are plain brown. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    This species occurs in :

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 17.18, p. 424.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 177.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), p. 386.


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    (updated 11 November 2012)