Anomis nigritarsis (Walker, 1858)
(previously known as Rusicada nigritarsis)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Mission Beach, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species is grey with black dots, and with thin white lines along the body. The head is yellow. The caterpillar feeds on various species in MALVACEAE, including

  • Hibiscus (Hibiscus species), and
  • Urena (Urena species).

    The adult moth is brown, with a faint network of grey lines on the forewings. The forewing margins have a well developed cusp at the midway point. The hindwings are plain pale brown darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species has been found as various subspecies in south-east Asia and the south-west Pacific, including

  • Sri Lanka,

    and including Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 13 (1858), p. 1006, No. 1.


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    (written 12 April 2013, updated 13 March 2017)