Green Blotched Moth
(previously known as Phalaena elegans)
ACRONICTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo from: "Flying Colours", Coupar & Coupar, 1992)
This Caterpillar is smooth and green, with a pale line along each side, and small dark spiracles. The head is pale brown. The caterpillar has all its prolegs present.
It has been found feeding on:
It grows to be rather tubby, to a length of about 3 cms.
It pupates in a thin cocoon amongst the leaves of the foodplant.
The adult moth is brown with a sinuous green pattern on the forewings. The hindwings are pale brown, fading to white at the base.
The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The eggs are white and spherical, and are laid apparently rather loosely in small clusters on the foodplant, although they fall off very easily.
The species occurs in the south-west Pacific, including
as well as in Australia itself including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 460.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
Flying Colours, New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 69.
General Illustration of Entomology,
An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite and other Islands in the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans,
Volume 1 (1805), p. 164. and also Plate on p. 162.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 162.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 120.
(updated 11 April 2013, 15 March 2015)