Don Herbison-Evans (
Bruce Anstee & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Bruce Anstee)
This Caterpillar is stout, and a pink-grey colour. It is covered in sparse short hairs, and has a fleshy spike on its tail.
It has been found feeding on various plants, including:
and grows to a length of 6 cms.
When upset: it rears its head and tail in the air. From under the head it everts a red appendage,
and shows a pair of eyespots under its tail (normally hidden in folds of skin).
It pupates in a cocoon in the ground litter.
The adult moth is rather dull compared to its Caterpillar, having forewings speckled dark grey, and pale orange hind wings. It has a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species is found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 17.12, pp. 36, 421.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
Flying Colours, New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 78.
Moths of Victoria: Vol 2: Noctuoidea(A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 12-13.
(updated 7 April 2013)