Argina astrea (Drury, 1773)
Crotalaria Podborer
(one synonym is Noctua cribraria Cramer, 1782)
ARCTIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillar of this species is boldly ringed 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 eat the fruit and seeds.

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

    The adult moth is yellow, with each forewing having 40 similar roundish black spots having pale outlines, and each hindwing having a variable number of unringed black spots of various shapes and sizes. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Argina astrea

    The species is found from Africa across Asia, including :

  • Borneo,
  • French Polynesia,
  • Ghana,
  • Guam,
  • Kenya, and
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in:

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


    underside,
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)


    Further reading :

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

    Pieter Cramer,
    Uitlansche Kapellen,
    Voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
    Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 3 (1782), pp. 27-28, and also Plate CCVIII, figs. C & G.

    Dru Drury,
    in John Obadiah Westwood:
    Figures and Descriptions of Foreign Insects,
    Illustrations of Exotic Entomology,
    Volume 2 (1773), pp. 13-14, and Plate 6, fig. 3.

    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.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 14.

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


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    (updated 5 July 2013, 20 November 2015)