Pheraspis symmetra Turner, 1917
NOTODONTINAENOTODONTIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillar of this species is green with two narrow pale yellow lines along each side. It has been found feeding on

  • Whitewood ( Atalaya hemiglauca, SAPINDACEAE ).

    The caterpillar grew to a length of about 5 cms. It pupated in the ground leaf litter, forming a dark brown pupa with a length of about 3 cms.

    The adult moths of this species are grey, with forewings that are each sometimes crossed by two dark zig-zag lines. The hindwings are pale grey shading to orange at the inner margin. The abdomen is orange on top and grey underneath. The wingspan is about 6 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ross Kendall,
    There is still so much to learn!- Pheraspis symmetra Turner, 1917 (Notodontidae: Notodontinae),
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 64 (March 2012), pp. 31-32,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Lepidopterological gleanings,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 29 (1917), pp. 73-74.


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    (updated 12 November 2012, 5 March 2017)