Diota rostrata

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Diota rostrata
Diota rostrata, Pretoria.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae
Genus: Diota
Species: D. rostrata
Binomial name
Diota rostrata
(Wallengren, 1860)[1]
  • Euchelia rostrata Wallengren, 1860
  • Galtara rostrata
  • Panagra pustularia Walker, [1863]
  • Secusio pustularia
  • Anthora privata Walker, 1865
  • Secusio rostrata ab. griseotincta Strand, 1919

Diota rostrata is a species of moth of the Arctiidae family. It is found in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ethiopia.[2]

The length of the forewings is 13–16 mm. Adults are cream coloured with brown mottling and darker shades as well as a few black dots in the basal, medial and post medial areas on the forewings.

The larvae feed on a wide range of plants including Senecio species (including Senecio angulatus, Senecio tamoides and Senecio oxyodontus), Delairea odorata, Mikaniopsis cissampelina, Kleinia abyssinica, Carthamus tinctorius, Daucus carota and Bidens pilosa. They feed singly and moved to sheltered positions during the day. When disturbed, they drop off their host plant, curl up and remain motionless. Pupation takes place in a loose cocoon which is attached to any object in the immediate vicinity.