(one synonym : Euplexia spilophanes Swinhoe, 1900)
AMPHIPYRINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)
Initial instars of this Caterpillar are green, but the final instar may also be brown:
Both forms have a pair of small white posterior spots. The Caterpillar is very similar to that of the related species Neumichtis nigerrima in this regard, although the adults are more easily distinguished.
Its food plants include various garden weeds and herbaceous plants, for example:
In Tasmania, the caterpillar of this species is a pest on:
The moth has brown patterned fore wings each with a pale crescent near the centre. The hindwings are plain brown, each with a small black and white marking near the tornus. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species occurs in south-eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 49.16, pp. 65, 465, 467.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 212, No. 335.
George F. Hampson,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 6 (1906), pp. 342-343, No. 2512, and also Plate 104, fig. 14.
(updated 9 August 2011)