(one synonym : Potamophora amboinensis Felder, 1962)
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford and Andrew Iles, Julatten, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are greyish brown, with irregular pale markings. Underneath it is yellow.
The segments are corrugated, with a narrow white band across the peak of the antipenultimate segment.
The caterpillars has been reported to feed on plants from a variety of familes, including:
When threatened, the caterpillar is inclined to curl up, displaying some white knobs on the anterior segments, and with the head protected by the tail segments.
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 7 cms. The caterpillar pupates between dead leaves joined with silk. The pupa has a length of about 3.5 cms.
The adult moth has brown forewings, each with a a dark basal half, and a pale 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:
and also in Australia in:
Further reading :
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..
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 5.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 144.
(updated 10 October 2011, 8 February 2019)