Eudocima iridescens (T.P. Lucas, 1894)
Fruit Piercing Moth
(previously known as Othreis irridescens)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species feed on the vine:

  • Pycnarrhena novoguineensis ( MENISPERMACEAE ).


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson,, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths have patterned brown forewings, and yellow hindwings that have broad black margins. The abdomen is yellow with a black hairy tip. The female has a green slash on each forewing. The wingspan is about 8 cms.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths attack fruit, damaging them, in order to suck the juice.

    The species has been reported in

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.

    The caterpillars are attacked by the wasp:

  • Euplectrus melanocephalus ( EULOPHIDAE ).


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 65, 449.

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera, with additional localities for known species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 8 (1894), p. 148.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, pp. 5, 24.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 137.


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    (updated 24 February 2011)