Enispa prolectus (Turner, 1908)
(previously known as Micraeschus prolectus)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Enispa prolectus
(Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

This caterpillar feeds on

  • Lichen.

    Enispa prolectus
    (Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

    It also covers itself completely in little bits of Lichen. It has reduced prolegs, so walks in a looper fashion. It grows to a length of about 2.5 cms.

    Enispa prolectus
    suspended cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

    It pupates in a cocoon also covered in lichen which it hangs from some suitable support. The cocoon proper has a length of about 1 cm.

    Enispa prolectus
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moth of this species has pale brown wings with narrow dark brown margins. The forewings each have an irregular subterminal dark band, and a black spot near the middle, and a hooked shape at the wingtip. The hindwings have a narrow irregular white subtermianl line. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland


    Further reading :

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 32 (1908), p. 70.


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    (updated 30 August 2012)