(one synonym : Caradrina euthusa Hampson, 1891)
AMPHIPYRINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This caterpillar is dark with various faint lines and mottling. It has prominent hairs and a hump on the tail. There are two white spots behind the thorax and on the tail. It has been reported to feed on a variety of plants from the families :
Pupation occurs in the soil.
The adult moth of this species has speckled pale brown forewings, the male having an orange area near the base. There is a narrow pale submarginal line on each forewing. The hindwings are off-white with brown veins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The eggs are hemispherical, ribbed, and green, with a red tip and a red ring around the middle.
The species has been found across south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including:
and Australia where it is found on
Further reading :
The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), p. 31, and also Plate 148, fig. 4.
(updated 1 July 2010)