Achaea eusciasta Hampson, 1913
CALPINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Peter Chew, Brisbane, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is brown with two red knobs on its tail, and has a black head with white markings. The caterpillar has reduced prolegs, so walks in looper style. It has been found feeding on

  • Star Apple ( Chrysophyllum cainito, SAPOTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar pupates between leaves of its foodplant joined with silk.


    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    This adult moth has forewings that have a pattern including brown sections delineated by zigzag black lines. The hindwings are black, each with an inner unbroken white band and a white spot on the margin and another white spot near the tornus. The wingspan can reach 7 cms.

    The species is found on islands in south east Asia, including

  • Andaman Islands,
  • Singapore,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 453.

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 12 (1913), pp. 498-499, No. 7623, Fig. 119.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 124.


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    (updated 20 September 2011, 24 October 2017)