CALPINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dawn Williams, Dundowran Beach, Queensland)
The caterpillars of this species are black with a black head, have orange-yellow prolegs and claspers, and have a dorsal white spot near the tail.
The caterpillars eat the young leaves of various fruit trees, and are pests on :
The adult moths of this species vary from pale to dark blotchy brown with a varied pattern. Often there is a white line across each forewing. Often each forewing has a white spot outlined in black. The hindwings are half black and half yellow, The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The species is found mainly in coastal areas of
Control of the caterpillars is possible using Dipel (Bt), Endosulfan or Methomyl.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 20.6, p. 448.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 7 (1852), p. 129, No. 1502, and also Plate 19, fig. 1.
Different but the same,
Issue 63 (December 2011), pp. 6-9,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 147.
(updated 8 August 2012, 19 April 2017)