(one synonym: Aglaosoma lauta Scott, 1864)
THAUMETOPOEINAE, NOTODONTIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
drawing by Harriet and Helena Scott, listed as Aglaosoma lauta,
Australian Lepidoptera, Volume 1 (1864), Plate 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Australian Museum.
These caterpillars are pale grey and hairy, with a set of brown dorsal lumps along the body, bands of blue spots behind the head, and a row of blue spots along each side.
The hairs are brown or black, with pale tips.
The head is hairy.
The caterpillars feed on various plants, including:
The caterpillar can grow to a length up to 9 cms. The pupa is tubby and brown, formed inside a cocoon in the ground litter.
The adult moths have forewings that each have a striking pattern of black and white, with some small red streaks near the middle that fade in museum specimens. The hindwings are plain pale grey or brown with dark veins. The margins of all the wings are chequered. The thorax is black and hairy. The abdomen has alternate bands of black and orange hairs.
The male has feathery antennae, and a hairy tail. The wingspan of the male is about 5 cms.
The female has thread-like antennae, and a less hairy tail. The wingspan of the female is about 6 cms.
The undersides of the wings are grey, each with a vague dark bar across the middle, and chequered edges.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 17.6, 30.7, p. 424.
Moths of Victoria: part 2,
Tiger Moths and their Allies - Noctuoidea (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 10-11.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 176.
Harriet, Helena, and Alexander W. Scott,
Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations,
Volume 1 (1864), p. 15, and also Plate 5.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 4 (1855), pp. 851-852, No. 9.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 173.
(updated 12 May 2013, 9 September 2017, 26 August 2018, 12 February 2019, 19 September 2020)