Wattle Cup Moth
S2, Male, ventral
Senna Cup Moth
S1, Larva, profile
Senna Cup Moth (Calcarifera sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Cup Moth (:Zygaenoidea Limacodidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Senna Cup Moth (Calcarifera sp)
This Photo:     🔍S1, Larva, dorsal🔎

Thank you Don Herbison-Evans for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The larva was ~20mm long.
There is some debate as to what this larva is. It was thought to be raised and id'ed as Calcarifera ordinata, but then the original work in the 1950's had raised a quite different caterpillar to Calcarifera ordinata. A mistake has been made somewhere, so both types of larvae need to be raised again.
Larva photographed in Feb.

Copyright © 2015-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Feb-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.