Eublemma dimidialis (Fabricius, 1794)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eublemma dimidialis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species is a minor pest on various agricultural FABACEAE including :

  • Mung Beans ( Vigna radiata ), and
  • Cow Peas ( Vigna unguiculata ).

    The adult moth has forewings that have a pink marginal half containing a diffuse yellow band, and a basal pale brown half fading to pale yellow at the base. The hindwings are pale brown darkening toward the margins. This moth has a wingspan about 2 cms.

    The species is found in south east Asia including:

  • India,
  • Japan,
  • New Guinea,
  • Sri Lanka, and
  • Taiwan,

    as well as the northern half of Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • New South Wales,
  • Queensland, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.10, p. 455.

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Volume 3, Part 2 (1794), p. 224, No. 356.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 114.


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    (updated 1 May 2011)