(previously known as Thyria aroa)
ACRONICTINAE2, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species is brown, with a white-outlined forward-pointing dark chevron on the back of each segment.
At the sides: each spiracle is set in a large dark brown circle edged in white. The sides and underside are speckled in green.
The head is dark brown, marked with a pale inverted 'V'. The caterpillar appeared to feed on
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 4.5 cms. The pupa is formed in a cocoon in the leaf litter. The pupa is brown, with a dark line along the back of the abdomen. The pupa has a length of about 2 cms.
The forewings of the adult moth have a complex pattern of greyish brown with white marks near the wingtips, and green marks near the middle.
Various groups of scales on the body and on the wings can be held erect.
The hindwings are orange, but usually covered by the forewings when the insect is at rest.
The abdomen is orange with a tapering dark mark along the back. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species occurs in :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
New Noctuidae from British New Guinea,
Volume 13 (1906), pp. 199-200, No. 22.
George Francis Hampson,
Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 7 (1908), p. 528, No. 3393, and also Plate 120, fig. 27.
(updated 24 October 2011, 20 August 2019, 9 September 2021)