NOTODONTINAE, NOTODONTIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
Bruce Anstee & Stella Crossley
(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. The prolegs are black, each with a dozen pale spots.
It has been found feeding on various plants, including:
and grows to a length of 6 cms.
When upset: it adopts a defensive display: rearing its head and tail up in the air, and it expanding a pair of eyespots under its tail (normally hidden in folds of skin).
If very upset, from under the head it also everts a red appendage,
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 hindwings. It has a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species is found in Eastern Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 17.12, pp. 36, 421.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 78.
Peter Hendry & John Moss,
New hostplants for the Notodontid moth Neola semiaurata,
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.
Fox Gully Bushcare Restoration -Saturday 5th February 2011,
Issue 60 (March 2011), pp. 35-38,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 5 (1855), pp. 1033-1034.
(updated 7 April 2013, 17 July 2018, 23 April 2019, 7 September 2020, 5 January 2022)