(previously known as Eriopus maillardi)
ACRONICTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of John Lang, Smithfield, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are dark green, with a dorsal row of white-outlined dark chevrons, each pointing to the head. The anal chevron is slightly larger and more strongly coloured than the rest.
The caterpillars feed on various Ferns (POLYPODIOPHYTA), including :
The adult moths are brown, with forewings having a pattern of white lines some of which are tufted. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
This species occurs from Africa across India to the South Pacific, including ,
as well as Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.18, p. 460.
Annex G, Lépidoptères,
in L. Maillard (ed.):
Notes sur l'Île de la Réunion (Bourbon),
Paris : Dentu. (1862) p. 39, and also Plate 22, fig. 8.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 120.
(updated 11 April 2011, 22 December 2013, 1 March 2019, 18 July 2020)