Epicoma protrahens (T.P. Lucas, 1890)
(previously known as : Teara protrahens)
THAUMETOPOEINAE,   NOTODONTIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Epicoma protrahens
(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:

  • Prickly Bottlebrush ( Callistemon brachyandrus ), and
  • Paperbarks ( Melaleuca species ).

    Epicoma protrahens
    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

    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.

    Epicoma protrahens

    The adult moths have forewings that are dark brown speckled with silver flecks, with a large pale yellow spot near the centre, a broken yellow line along the termen and costa, and a subterminal row of cream spots. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    Epicoma protrahens
    (Photo: courtesy of Harold MacQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Epicoma protrahens
    (Photo: courtesy of Gary Brooks, Tinnanbar, Queensland)


    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.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 179.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 173.


    previous
    back
    caterpillar
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    caterpillars
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    caterpillar

    (updated 3 January 2012)