(previously known as Lagoptera miniacea)
CALPINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
These caterpillars have been fond feeding on the trees and vines in the False Almond family ( COMBRETACEAE ), including :
The adult moths are reddish-brown, with a mark like a comma on each forewing, and a broad black submarginal band on each hindwing. The undersides are plain brown. The wingspan is about 8 cms.
The species occurs as various subspecies across the south Pacific including
and as subspecies regia TP Lucas, 1894, in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 21.4, p. 454.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 12, and also Plate 116, fig. 8.
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, Part 2 (1894), pp. 151-152.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 156.
(updated 24 June 2011, 9 June 2014)