CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Simon Ong, Durack, Western Australia)
The Caterpillars of this species are green with white stripes, and a yellow head. The caterpillars are missing two pairs of prolegs, so walk in a looper fashion. The caterpillars have been found feeding on the foliage of
The adult moths have brown forewings with two dark marks on the costa, one small and one large, and a vague wavy submarginal line, separating a marginal area of a different shade. The hindwings are plain brown shading darker at the margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species is endemic in the Middle East and Asia, including:
The species has recently invaded Australia, and now (2020) is found in:
The genus Plecoptera is incorrect for this species, but an appropriate genus has yet to be found for it.
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 5 (1852), pp. 430-431, No. 1303.
(written 24 October 2020)