Kurrajong Bag Moth
(previously known as Astura clytusalis)
SPILOMELINAE , CRAMBIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Meadowbank, New South Wales)
These Caterpillars are green with a sparse hairs and some brown markings. They live communally in a bag formed by rolling up leaves of the food tree and joining them with silk.
They hide in the bag by day, emerging to feed at night. The caterpillars are very fussy feeders, eating only the soft green parts of a leaf, leaving a skeleton of veins.
They feed on :
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moth is bright yellow, with black zig-zag lines across the wings, and a prominent black spot near the middle of each fore wing. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found mainly inland in the eastern half of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 34.7, p. 356.
The Night of the Crambidae,
Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club,
Newslettter, Issue 49 (June 2008), pp. 26-29.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 36.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 18 (1859), p. 550, No. 6.
(updated 27 January 2013)