Asota plagiata (Walker, 1854)
(one synonym: Hypsa discreta Walker [1865])
AGANAIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Asota plagiata
(Specimen : courtesy of Herbert Evans, Bundaberg, Queenslandd)

These Caterpillars are dark brown with white markings. The Caterpillars feed on :

  • Morton Bay Fig ( Ficus macrophylla, MORACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of Steve Banwell, Bundaberg, Queensland)

    The adult moths have brown forewings with a pale veins and a white spot in the middle. The hindwings are orange with black markings. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

    Asota plagiata underside
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Jan MacDonald, Mackay, Queensland)

    This species may be found in the northern half of Australia, including

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.

    Asota plagiata underside
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 19.28, p. 441.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 2 (1854), pp. 457-458.


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    (updated 29 April 2013, 9 March 2015)