(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.
There is a lot of confusion about whether this is the same as Amyna octo, and the names are just synonyms.
The species is found around tropics, including
and also in Australia in
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)