Argina astraea (Drury, 1773)
Crotalaria Podborer
(one synonym: Phalaena cribraria Clerck, 1764)
ARCTIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Argina astraea larva
(Photo: courtesy of Mick Jackes, Townsville)

The Caterpillar of this species is boldly patterned in black and white. It is known to feed on a variety of plants, including:

  • Rattle-Box ( Crotalaria species, FABACEAE ),
  • Beaumontia ( Beaumontia species, APOCYNACEAE ),
  • Peter's Fig ( Ficus petersii, MORACEAE ),
  • Lathberry ( Eugenia cordata, MYRTACEAE ),
  • Mickey Mouse Bush ( Ochna serrulata, OCHNACEAE ),and
  • Coastal Red Milkwood ( Mimusops obovata, APOCYNACEAE ).

    The early instars eat the foliage, and later instars instars eat the fruit and seeds.

    Argina astraea
    (Photo: courtesy of John Moore, Mt. Surprise, Queensland)

    The adult moth is yellow with black spots, and a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Argina astraea

    The species is found from Africa across Asia, including :

  • Borneo,
  • French Polynesia,
  • Ghana,
  • Hong Kong, and
  • Papua,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 36, 434.

    Peter Hendry,
    The Australian Arctiid Moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) with emphasis on Creatonotos Gangis,
    Metamorphosis Australia Issue 65 (June 2012), pp. 6-8,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 18.


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    (updated 5 July 2013)