Plusiodonta coelonota (Kollar, 1844)
(one synonym : Plusia agens Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
&
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The Caterpillar of this species is black with yellow spots and a yellow head. The caterpillar has been found feeding on :

  • Snake Vine ( Stephania japonica, MENISPERMACEAE ), and
  • Barbwire Vine ( Smilax australis, SMILACACEAE ).


    drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Plusia agens
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CX, fig. 32,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth is brown with a darker diagonal mark across each forewing. The forewings look as though they had a slice cut away from each of the inner margins The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    The species occurs over south-east Asia, including

  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Papua New Guinea,

    and in Australia, the species may be found over most of

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

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

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 16, and also Plate 110, fig. 32.

    Lois Hughes & John Moss,
    Fruit-piercing Moths - Night Raiders,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 67 (December 2012), pp. 4-9,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Vincenz Kollar & Ludwig Redtenbacher,
    Aufzählung und Beschreibung der von Freiherrn Carl v. Hügel auf seiner Reise durch Kaschmir und des Himaleya Gebirge gesammelten Insecten,
    in Freiherrn Carl v. Hügel: Kaschmir und das Reich der Siek,
    Stuttgart, Volume 4, Part 2 (1844), p. 482.


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    (updated 14 August 2008, 31 January 2013, 9 June 2014)