(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, and rows of blue spots. The caterpillars have two black rings around the thorax. The hairs are brown or black, with pale tips.
The caterpillars feed on various plants, including:
The head is hairy.
The caterpillars pupate in cocoons in the ground litter.
The adult moths have forewings that have a striking pattern of black and white, with some small red spots 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 female has thread-like antennae, and a naked tail. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
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)