Neola semiaurata Walker, 1855
Golden Notodontid
NOTODONTINAE,   NOTODONTIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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Bruce Anstee & Stella Crossley

Neola semiaurata
(Photo: copyright Bruce Anstee, Riverstone, New South Wales)

This Caterpillar is stout, and a pink-grey colour. It is covered in sparse short hairs, and has a fleshy spike on its tail.

Neola semiaurata
(Photo: copyright Bruce Anstee, Riverstone, New South Wales)

It has been found feeding on various plants, including:

  • Three Veined Laurel ( Cryptocarya triplinervis, LAURACEAE ),
  • Yellow Shower ( Cassia queenslandica, CAESALPINIACEAE ),
  • Large-leaf Hop-bush ( Dodonaea triquetra, SAPINDACEAE ),
  • Fringed Wattle ( Acacia fimbriata, MIMOSACEAE ), and
  • Spider Flowers ( Grevillea, PROTEACEAE )

    and grows to a length of 6 cms.

    Neola semiaurata
    Upset showing everted osmeterium under the head
    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    When upset: it rears its head and tail in the air. From under the head it everts a red appendage,

    Neola semiaurata
    Upset showing eyespots on tail
    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    and shows a pair of eyespots under its tail (normally hidden in folds of skin).

    Neola semiaurata
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    It pupates in a cocoon in the ground litter.

    Neola semiaurata

    The adult moth is rather dull compared to its Caterpillar, having forewings speckled dark grey, and pale orange hindwings. It has a wingspan of about 6 cms.

    Neola semiaurata
    (Specimen: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The species is found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    Neola semiaurata
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)


    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.

    Peter Hendry & John Moss,
    New hostplants for the Notodontid moth Neola semiaurata,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 51, December 2008, pp. 21-22,
    Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club Inc..

    Peter Marriott ,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 12-13.

    Helen Schwencke,
    Fox Gully Bushcare Restoration -Saturday 5th February 2011,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 60 (March 2011), pp. 35-38,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 5 (1855), pp. 1033-1034.


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    (updated 7 April 2013)