(previously: Acronycta psorallina)
ACRONICTINAE1, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Kuranda, Queensland)
The early instars of Caterpillars of this species are pale green with a yellow line along each side. The caterpillars have long sparse forward-curving black hairs, and a pale brown head.
Later instars develop yellow spots between the hairs.
The last instar becomes brown with white spots at the bases of the hairs. The caterpillars grow to a legth of about 3.5 cms.
The caterpillar pupates in the ground litter in a cocoon covered in debris. The pupa is brown with a length of about 1.6 cms.
The adult moth has green and/or grey forewings with dark markings, including a prominent dark patch midway along the costa. There is also a small red mark near the base.
The hindwings are pale brown, fading to white at the base. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of New Australian Noctuina, etc,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 27 (1903), p. 31.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 119.
(updated 11 August 2012, 17 September 2021)