(one synonym : Euplexia spilophanes Swinhoe, 1900)
ACRONICTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)
Initial instars of this Caterpillar are green, but the final instar may also be brown:
Both forms have a white line along each side which may not reach the tail, and a pair of small pale posterior spots. The caterpillar is very similar in the latter regard to that of the related species Neumichtis nigerrima, although the adults are more easily distinguished.
Its food plants include various garden weeds and herbaceous plants, for example:
In Tasmania, the caterpillar of this species is a pest on:
The pupa is brown with a length of about 2 cms.
The moth has brown patterned forewings each with a pale distorted crescent near the centre.
The hindwings are plain brown, each with a small black and white marking near the tornus. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species occurs in south-eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 49.16, pp. 65, 465, 467.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 212, No. 335.
George F. Hampson,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 6 (1906), pp. 342-343, No. 2512, and also Plate 104, fig. 14.
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 6-7, 10-11.
(updated 9 August 2011, 21 August 2019, 12 December 2020)