Dark Condica Moth
(one synonym : Hadena taprobanae R.Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
ACRONICTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The caterpillar of this species is smooth and green, with violet markings. It has been found feeding on plants in ASTERACEAE.
The adult moth is dark brown with a complex pale spot near the centre of each forewing. Each hindwing is brown, fading towards the base. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species occurs across the south-west Pacific, including :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 10-11.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 120.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 11, and also Plate 110, fig. 3.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), p. 667.
(updated 1 July 2010, 26 October 2013, 12 December 2020)