(previously known as Ichthyura rubida)
PYGAERINAE, NOTODONTIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: by Robin Schaer, courtesy of Valry Ryland, Magnetic Island, Queensland)
These caterpillars are dark brown with white spots, and have two pairs of short white tentacles on the back of the thorax, and a pair of short dark red tentacles on the backs of the first and the antipenultimate abdominal segments. The head is dark brown with a grey 'A' shaped face.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillars pupate in a silk cocoon between leaves or twigs on the foodplant.
The adult moths of this species are pale brown with wavy pale lines across the forewings, and a dark hairy collar around the head.
The hindwings of the male are paler than the forewings, darkening along the hind margins. The females have yellowish hindwings, darkening towards the margins. The forelegs are covered in grey hair, and the other legs have pale brown hair. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
This species occurs in :
as well as in Australia in
The eggs are laid in an irregular array on the underside of a leaf of a foodplant. The eggs are spherical and initially white, turning black as hatching approaches.
Further reading :
Descriptions of some new species of Heterocera,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 7, Volume 7, Part 37 (1901), p. 78.
(updated 11 November 2012, 5 Septemver 2017)