Ischyja manlia (Cramer, 1766)
(one synonym : Potamophora amboinensis Felder, 1962)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The caterpillar of this species is dark brown with pale markings, and tubercles on the first two abdominal segments. It has been reported to feed on:

  • Chinese Privet ( Ligustrum sinense, OLEACEAE ),
  • Camphor Laurel ( Cinnamomum camphora, LAURACEAE ),
  • Needle wood ( Schima wallichi, THEACEAE ),
  • Mango ( Mangifera indica, ANACARDIACEAE ),
  • Longan ( Dimocarpus longan, SAPINDACEAE ), and
  • Lychee ( Litchi chinensis. SAPINDACEAE ).


    drawing by Pieter Cramer, listed as Potamophora manlia,

    Uitlandsche Kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
    Amsterdam Baalde, vol. 1 (1776), Plate XCII, fig. A,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth has brown forewings, each with a clearly delineated pale patchy outer half. The hindwings are white with a dark brown margin. The moths attack fruit, piercing the skin to suck the juice.

    The species has been found in:

  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Korea,
  • Myanmar,
  • Taiwan,

    and also in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Pieter Cramer,
    Description de Papillons Exotiques,
    Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
    Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 1 (1776), p. 144, and also Plate 92, fig. A..

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 5.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 144.


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    (updated 10 October 2011)