Hypospila dochmotoma (Turner, 1939)
(previously known as Ophyx dochmotoma)
CALPINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hypospila dochmotoma
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species brown with a complex pattern along its length. It typically rests during the day lying along a stem of its foodplant. The above caterpillar was found on

  • Austral Indigo ( Indigofera australis, FABACEAE ).

    The caterpillar grew to a length of about 4 cms.

    The adult moth has wings that are brown, each with a pale-edged dark submarginal line. The forewings each have a complex pale spot near the costa. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    Hypospila dochmotoma
    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

    The species occurs in

  • Queensland.

    Hypospila dochmotoma
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 143.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 50 (1939), p. 148.


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    (updated 1 March 2011, 14 October 2018)