Anomis planalis (Swinhoe, 1902)
(previously known as Molopa planalis)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Uwe Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)

This caterpillar feeds on plants in the family MALVACEAE, and is known to attack

  • Cotton ( Gossypium species ).


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

    The adult moth is a lightly speckled brown, with a few dark-edged pale spots on each forewing. The hindwings are paler and plain. The forewings each have a hooked wingtip. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms


    (Photo: courtesy of Uwe Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)

    The undersides are plain brown.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Uwe Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)

    The species has been found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.13, pp. 65, 449.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    New species of eastern and Australian Heterocera,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Volume 9 (1902), p. 421.


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    (written 29 June 2012, updated 2 June 2014)