Don Herbison-Evans (
Stella Crossley & Sue Rostas
This Caterpillar starts of as one of a row of eggs. The eggs are white and ovate, and have a diameter of about 0.5 mm.
The young Caterpillars are yellow and have stiff hairs all over.
Later they become olive green with pink-tipped tubercles each of which has a cluster of short stiff hairs.
They have been found feeding on the foliage of a variety of tree such as :
The Caterpillar pupates in a stiff oval cocoon on the food plant or nearby vegetation.
There is a considerable variation in the coloration of adults of this species.
The basic adult moth is yellow with two zig-zag brown or pink lines across each wing. The forewings each have a small transparent dot in the middle.
However, the wings often have grey areas, which may extend across the whole of the upper surface of the wings.
The moth typically has a wingspan of 14 cms. The species occurs in New Guinea, and in the northern half of Australia, as far south as Newcastle. A picture of this caterpillar appears in a book of paintings on Moths and Butterflies by Helena and Harriet Scott - paintings done around 1850s-1860s while living on Ash Island in the Hunter estuary. There it is under its older name Antheraea janetta.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common, Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 15.5, 15.7, 28.14, pp. 406-407.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, pp. 10, 34.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, pp. 6, 162, 163.
(updated 15 November 2012)