Phazaca decorata (Warren, 1898)
(formerly known as Dirades decorata)
EPIPLEMINAE ,   URANIIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phazaca decorata
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Sweet Susie ( Canthium coprosmoides, RUBIACEAE ).

    It feeds on the undersides of the leaves leaving the upper surfaces intact.

    Phazaca decorata
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths of this species have brown wings, with dark spots along the margins. The hindwings each have a white area along the costa. The moths like many in this subfamily (EPIPLEMINAE) have an interesting resting posture with its forewings rolled up and stuck out from the body, and the hindwings rolled around the abdomen. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Phazaca decorata
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 38.3, 53.11, 53.12, p. 385.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 214.

    William Warren,
    New Genera and Species of Moths from the Old World Regions,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 5 (1898), p. 228, No. 17.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 149.


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    (written 19 December 2012)