(previously known as : Teara protrahens)
THAUMETOPOEINAE , NOTODONTIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are communal at first, living in a silken web on their food plant. They have been found on various plants from MYRTACEAE including:
Later instars separate and feed in solitude. They are yellow and hairy, with a dorsal black spot on each of the first two abdominal segments, and a dark band along each side of the body. They have orange legs and a brown head.
They become communal again at pupation time. They pupate in adjacent cocoons, between leaves of the food plant.
The adult moths have fore wings that are dark brown speckled with silver flecks, with a large white spot near the centre, a broken yellow line along the termen and costa, and a subterminal row of cream spots. They have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in
Further reading :
Thomas P. Lucas,
On Queensland and other Australian Macro-Lepidoptera, with Localities and Descriptions of new Species,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 4, Part 4 (1890), pp. 1090.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 173.
(updated 3 January 2012)