(one synonym : Thalpochares wallengreni Snellen, 1880)
ACONTIINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are reddish, with black streaks, lateral dots, and yellow transverse stripes. It has paired oblique white stripes across 9th and 10th segments. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th segments each have four spatulate dorsal filaments, and the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 11th segments have dorsal prominences.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on:
The adult moth has pale brown wings each with a dark transverse line. The forewings also have a pale mark at each wingtip. The hindwings also have a black dot at the tornus. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.
The species is found over south-east Asia, including
and also in Australia in:
Further reading :
George Francis Hampson,
in W.T. Blandford (ed.):
The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma
Volume 2 (1894), p. 527, No. 2129.
Lepidoptera legacy of the summer that was 2010/11,
Issue 61 (June 2011), pp. 18-20,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 33, Supplement 3 (1865), p. 830.
(updated 14 February 2010)