(formerly known as Ophisma hituensis)
CALPINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This caterpillar is brown with many fine darker lines along the body. The first two pairs of prolegs are reduced, so that it moves in a looper fashion. The caterpillar was found feeding on the vine :
The adult moths of this species are reddish-brown, with two pale lines across each forewing, and a faint kidney shaped mark near the middle of each forewing. The hindwings are yellow, each with two dark patches. The abdomen is yellow. The wingspan is about 6 cms.
The species is found in
The adult moths are a minor pest, piercing fruit to suck the juice.
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 146.
Beiträge zur Lepidopteren-fauna von Amboina,
Jahrbuch des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde,
Volume 37 (1884), p. 235, and also Plate 7, fig. 2.
(updated 14 August 2012, 28 January 2018)