(one synonym : Agrotis antipoda Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
AMPHIPYRINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
Various specimens of this Caterpillar collected in Sydney appeared to be feeding on:
However, specimens were found in September in Melbourne while weeding the garden which appeared to hide during the day, and feed at night on:
The body colour of the caterpillar is brown, with a light and dark brown tweed-like pattern along the back. The head capsule is black. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms.
The caterpillar pupates in the soil, and the adult usually emerges about six months later.
The adult has forewings which are brown except for a cream band along the costa, and a cream dot which merges into the margin. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs over south-eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 2, and also Plate 110, fig. 21
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 10, 1857, p. 409, No. 8.
(updated 12 April 2013, 4 January 2017)