Callopistria maillardi (Guenée, 1862)
(previously known as Eriopus maillardi)
AMPHIPYRINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Lyn Ford, taken at Buderim, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are dark green, with a dorsal row of white-outlined dark chevrons, each pointing to the head. The anal chevron is slightly larger and more strongly coloured than the rest.


(Photo: courtesy of John Lang, Smithfield, Queensland)

The caterpillars feed on various Ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ), including :

  • Maidenhair ( Adiantum species ), and
  • Leather Leaf ( Nephrolepis species ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)

    The adult moths are brown, with forewings having a pattern of white lines some of which are tufted. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    This species occurs from India to the South Pacific, including :

  • Hawaii,
  • Hong Kong,
  • New Zealand,
  • Society Islands,
  • Sulawesi,

    as well as Australia, including:

  • Queensland.


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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.18, p. 460.

    Achille Guenée,
    Annex G, Lépidoptères,
    in L. Maillard (ed.):
    Notes sur l'Île de la Réunion (Bourbon),
    Paris : Dentu. (1862) p. 39, and also Plate 22, fig. 8.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 120.


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    (updated 11 April 2011, 22 December 2013)