(one synonym : Achaea fasciculipes Walker, 1858)
CALPINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)
These Caterpillars are a patchy brown. Their first pair of prolegs is atrophied, so they move in a looper fashion. They have a small pair of horns on the tail. The caterpillar has been found feeding on:
The adult moth has forewings that are brown with fragmented dark zigzag bands across them, and each forewing has a tiny white dot at the base. The hindwings are black with three blurred white marks along the margin, and a broken inner white band. The moth has a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The moth is a pest on fruit trees, piercing the fruit to suck juice.
The species is found across Asia and the south Pacific, including:
and in Australia, it is found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 46.12, p. 453.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
1775, p. 593, No. 13.
Stephen C. Mckillup & R.V. Mckillup,
An outbreak of the moth Achaea serva (Fabr) on the mangrove Excoecaria agallocha (L.),
Volume 73, Number 3 (1997), pp. 184-185.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 124.
(updated 12 September 2011)