Uresiphita ornithopteralisCommon name: Tree Lucerne Moth
Distribution: This caterpillar has been reported from near-coastal areas of Australia.
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.
Remarks: We have photographed both the caterpillar and the moth in July.
Associations: Hovea species.
References: Identification courtesy of Daniel Heald.
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