Periopta diversa (Walker, [1865])
(previously known as Agarista diversa)
AGARISTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Periopta diversa
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

These handsome Caterpillars have alternating bands along the body of orange, white, and black with white spots, and white with black spots. The head is orange with black spots.

Periopta diversa
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Onion Bush ( Spermacoce exserta, RUBIACEAE ).

    Periopta diversa
    (Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

    The caterpillars grew to a length of about 6 cms. They pupated in the soil. The pupa has a length of about 4 cms.

    Periopta diversa
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths have black forewings with a number of yellowish white spots of various sizes. The hindwings are dark brown, with a deep yellow patch. The abdomen is mainly black, with some orange bands. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    Periopta diversa
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The species is found in

  • Northern Territory and in
  • Queensland.

    Periopta diversa
    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 463.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 21.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 122.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 31, Supplement 1 (1864), p. 49.


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    (updated 14 February 2010, 10 April 2017)