Hypocala deflorata Fabricius, 1794
(one synonym : Hypocala moorei Butler, 1892)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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

  • Poison Star Apple ( Diospyros dichrophylla ( EBENACEAE ), and
  • Mamey Sapote (Pouteria sapota, SAPOTACEAE ).

    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

  • Borneo,
  • Hawaii,
  • Nigeria,
  • Pakistan,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Tome 3, Part 2 (1793), pp. 127-128, No. 3.


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    (written 1 November 2014)