Proteuxoa atrisquamata (Lower, 1902)
(formerly known as Caradrina atrisquamata)
AMPHIPYRINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa atrisquamata
(Photo: courtesy of SARDI: South Australian Research and Development Institute)

These Caterpillars have a brown herring-bone pattern along the body, and a pale mark at the tail. They are pests on a number of agricultural crops, including

  • Cereals ( POACEAE ), and
  • Pulses ( FABACEAE ).

    The caterpillars grow to a length of about 4 cms.

    The forewings of the adult moth are dark brown with a vague pattern. The hind wings are white, each with brown shading including along the tornus and the inner margin. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Proteuxoa atrisquamata
    (Photo: courtesy of SARDI: South Australian Research and Development Institute)

    The species has been found in Australia in

  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 653.


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    (written 1 December 2016)