(previously known as Perigea axis)
ACONTIINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David L. Wagner and Shawn Binns, University of Connecticut)
This caterpillar is green with several black-edged white stripes along the back and sides. The head is either green or brown, with black spots. The caterpillar has a reduced number of prolegs, and so moves in a looper fashion. When disturbed: it thrashes its head and tail from side to side. It has been reported feeding on:
The adult moth has rusty brown wings, with a number of thin sinuous pale lines across, and a variable white mark near the middle, of each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.
The species is found around tropics, including
and also in Australia in
Specimens of this species are often misidentified as Amyna octo or Amyna natalis or Amyna stricta.
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 407, No. 378b.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 112.
(updated 27 August 2012, 4 June 2023)