- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
- Terrestrial Habitats
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- Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
- Brief description: Black and white geometrically-patterned wings; black body with red tuft at end.
- Description : Bold black and white geometric patterns on wings; black body, with a scarlet tuft at the end of its abdomen. Wingspan to 5.8 cm. The larvae of this moth are black with white spots and stripes. They have brown legs and a red patch at their rear.
- Biology : The larvae of this species feed openly on mistletoe during the day. Their conspicuous black and white aposematic (warning) colouration deters predators. Pupation occurs in a cell formed by thick bark or rotting wood. Adults are active during the day and are observed flying close to the ground or low vegetation. They feed on flowers and rest on tree trunks in high temperatures. Males have been observed to be territorial, and will fly to and fro through a clearing or around a hilltop to encounter any females or challenge other males that approach.
- Habitat: Varied habitats where mistletoe is found.
- Maximum size (cm): 5.8
- Diet: Herbivore
- Colours: Black, White, Red
- Distribution: Southern mainland Australia
- Habitat types: Terrestrial
- Commercial species: False
- Author credit: Alexis Tindall / South Australian Museum
Names and sources
|Agarista behri Angas, 1847 Angas, 1847|
|Agarista casuarinae Scott, 1864 Scott, 1864|
|Agarista contorta Walker, 1865 Walker, 1865|
|Agarista flexuosa Walker, 1865 Walker, 1865|
|Agarista cortortus Jordan, 1896|
|Agarista casuarina Jordan, 1912|
|Agarista cortutus Nye, 1975|
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