Phaos acmena

Phaos acmena

A tiger moth endemic to Tasmania. Larvae feed n various low herbs including introduced weeds such as cats ear. The colourful male is fully winged and flies by day.
Information thanks to Peter McQuillan.

Caterpillar, later developing into a wingless female adult
September 3 2016
The Domain, Hobart
Identification thanks to Peter McQuillan.
Phaos acmena larva, later developing into a wingless female adult
Caterpillar trying to find suitable site for cocoon.

September 12, 2016
Pupa in a thin cocoon
Phaos acmena, pupal cocoon
First signs of emergence. Wingless female.
September 24, 2016
Phaos acmena, wingless adult female emerging
Better views of the female and eggs when the tank was accidentally knocked over and the cocoon broke!
Phaos acmena, wingless adult female