Uresiphita ornithopteralisCommon name: Tree Lucerne Moth

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: This caterpillar has been found in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Description: This caterpillar was approximately 4 centimetres long. It eats species of Hovea.

The moth that this caterpillar turns into has a wing length (nose to wing tip) of approximately 2 centimetres.

The moth has two forms – an eastern and western form. The western form is as appears on this page. The eastern form has brown forewings rather than the black and white of the western form.

Associations: Hovea species.

References: Identification courtesy of Daniel Heald.

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pyru/ornith.html

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