November 24, 2018

Agarista agricola

The caterpillars of this species have alternate black and white bands, with orange bands on the mesothorax and on the last abdominal segment. They have sparse black hairs with white club tips, and their head and feet are also orange.

They feed on various vines from the VITACEAE family:

 

  • Australian Native Grape ( Cissus opaca ),
  • Slender Grape ( Cayratia clematidea ), as well as
  • Cultivated Grape ( Vitis vinifera ).

The adult moths are black with red, white and yellow patches.

The females are larger and have a large white area at the base of the costa.

 

  • The species is found in:
  • New Guinea,
    as well as:
  • Northern Territory,
  • New South Wales,
  • Queensland, and
  • Victoria.

 

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