(one synonym : Praxis inordinata Walker, 1858)
CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)
The early instars of this Caterpillar of this species are a stripy green, with some black dots along each side, a dark grey head, and some pale bands between the segments.
The last instar is brown with stripes along the body. The central dorsal pale brown stripe becomes pale yellow as it passes over the sixth abdominal segment. There are four small black-ringed white dots on the side of each segment. The true legs are red.
The caterpillar is thought to feed on various -
(Photos: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)
The purplish-brown pupa is formed in a white cocoon among the ground debris.
The adult moth is grey or brown, with cream dots along the legs and antennae, and often around the wing edges. The wings each also have a number of submarginal wiggly bands and lines. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The eggs are grey and basically spherical with a minutely grooved and pitted surface. The eggs are laid in irregular clusters.
The species occurs in :
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 7 (1852), p. 29, No. 1355, and also Plate 18, fig. 10.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 14-15.
(updated 13 April 2013, 3 March 2014, 12 May 2020, 4 January 2021)