Polydesma boarmoides Guenée, 1852
(erroneously known as Polydesma boarmioides)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

This caterpillar is mottled brown. It has been reported to feed on bark and leaves of various woody plants.

Pupation occurs in a papery cocoon. The pupa is brown with a white coating.

The adult moths are dark brown, with a complex pattern on each wing.


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

The underside is paler with various markings including a broad dark band across each wing.

The species has been found across the south-east Asia and the eastern Pacific, including:

  • Borneo,
  • Hawaii,
  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Korea, and
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 441, No. 1314.


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    (updated 24 September 2008)