(one synonym : Ophiodes ponderosa Mabille, 1879)
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are pale brown loopers, with dark lines running from head to tail.
Th head is black with a grey nose, and a white stripe each side.
The caterpillars also have two black and white knobs on the tail.
The caterpillars feed on the trees and vines in the False Almond family (COMBRETACEAE) :
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 7.5 cms. They pupate in a cocoon in the ground litter. The pupa is brown covered in a white waxy powder. The pupa has a length of about 4 cms.
The adult moth has brown forewings each with a dark spot near the centre. The hindwings are bright yellow, each with two broad brown arcs. The moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms.
This moth is an agricultural pest, causing damage to fruit by piercing the fruit with its strong proboscis in order to suck the juice. The moth is particularly prone to attack:
The species occurs in countries from India to the islands of the Pacific, including
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 21.6, p. 454.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
Flensburgi et Lipsiae (1775), p. 596, No. 24.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 145.
(updated 14 August 2012, 23 April 2020)