Nagia linteola (Guenée, 1852)
(one synonym : Catephia pilipes Guenée, 1852)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nagia linteola
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These Caterpillars have been recorded feeding on

  • Falsse Almond ( Terminalia species, COMBRETACEAE ), and
  • Crepe Myrtle ( Lagerstroemia species, LYTHRACEAE ).

    Nagia linteola
    cocoon covered in bits of bark and debris
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    They have also been found pupating on the trunk of

  • Morton Bay Ash ( Corymbia tesselaris, MYRTACEAE ).

    Nagia linteola
    pupa inside a broken cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    Pupation occurs in a cocoon covered in debris typically on a tree trunk.

    Nagia linteola
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths have dark brown forewings with a subtle pattern, and white hindwings with broad black margins and dark basal areas. The black margins of the hindwings sometimes contain white patches. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

    Nagia linteola
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    This species occurs around the world in the tropics, including:

  • Borneo,
  • South Africa, and
  • Thailand,

    as well as the subspecies ecclesiastica (Butler, 1874) occurring Australia which has been found in:

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • Victoria.

    Nagia linteola
    Cocos Islands 1982


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.8, p. 451.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), pp. 44-45, No. 1375.


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    (updated 20 July 2012, 24 June 2014)