Athetis thoracica (Moore, 1884)
(one synonym : Caradrina euthusa Hampson, 1891)
AMPHIPYRINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(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 :

  • COMMELINACEAE,
  • CONVOLVULACAEAE,
  • FABACEAE,
  • MYRTACEAE,
  • POACEAE,
  • PORTULACACEAE,
  • SOLANACEAE, and
  • THEACEAE.

    Pupation occurs in the soil.


    drawing by Frederic Moore, listed as Radinacra thoracica
    ,
    The Lepidoptera of Ceylon, L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), Plate 148, fig. 4,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    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:

  • Borneo,
  • Hawaii,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Japan,
  • Society Islands,

    and Australia where it is found on

  • Norfolk Island, and in
  • Queensland. and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Frederic Moore,
    The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
    L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), p. 31, and also Plate 148, fig. 4.


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    (updated 1 July 2010)