Eudocima aurantia (Moore, 1877)
Fruit Sucking Moth
(one synonym : Adris rutilus Moore, 1881)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings shaped like leaves, complete with central vein, and a semicircular piece cut out of the inner margin. The vein sometimes has a white spot near the middle. The hindwings are yellow, each with two large black comma-shaped marks. The wingspan is about 10 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of Cris Lane, Bellenden Ker, Queensland)

The species occurs across south-east Asia, from Sri-Lanka to the Solomons, including

  • Andaman Islands,
  • Sarawak,
  • Sumatra,

    and Australia in

  • Queensland.


    (Photo: courtesy of Neil Hewett ,   Cooper Creek Wilderness, Queensland)

    The moths are a pest, attacking fruit in order to suck the juice. The puncture in the fruit skin allows microbial organisms to enter the fruit and cause premature rotting. Control is being attempted using :

  • the egg-parasitoid wasp Telenomus lucullus ( SCELIONIDAE ), and
  • the larva-parasitoid wasp Euplectrus melanocephalus ( EULOPHIDAE ).


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 20.11, p. 449.

    Frederic Moore,
    The lepidopterous fauna of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1877, Part 3, p. 607.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 136.


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    (updated 8 January 2011, 23 February 2017)