(one synonym : Hypocala moorei Butler, 1892)
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is green with wavy white lines along the body. The head has a black line each side. The caterpillar has been found feeding on various plants 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)