(one synonym : Hypocala moorei Butler, 1892)
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Mena Stoke, Sheldon, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is black with wavy white lines along the body, and with a yellow line along each side, a yellow head, and yellow knobs on the thorax and the tail. The head has a black line each side. The caterpillar has been found feeding on various plants in EBENACEAE including
The adult moth has patchy brown forewings, each with an outlined curved pale area at the tornus. The hindwings are yellow with brown markings, including a broad brown band along the margin. The hindwings each have a notch out of the margin at the tornus. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The moth attacks fruit, penetrating the skin to suck juice.
The species has been found around the tropics from Africa to the South Pacific, including
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
Tome 3, Part 2 (1793), pp. 127-128, No. 3.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 18-19.
(written 1 November 2014, updated 17 August 2019, 20 August 2021, 10 March 2022)