Ophiusa parcemacula (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
(previously known as Anua parcimacula)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

It is unclear what these Caterpillars eat. There have been reports of them feeding on :

  • Mistletoe ( LORANTHACEAE ), and also on
  • Blake Paperbark ( Melaleuca quinquenervia, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth has pale brown forewings, each with a dark comma mark near the middle, and a dark mark at the wingtip. The hind wings are bright yellow, with broad dark brown margins. The moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms. The moth is noted for damaging fruit by piercing it and sucking the juice.


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

    The species occurs in

  • New Guinea, and
  • New Caledonia,

    as well as Australia, including

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 21.10, p. 454.

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Australian Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), p. 304.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 146.


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    (updated 14 August 2012, 25 March 2016)