Chalciope alcyona (H. Druce, 1888)
(also known as : Euclidisema alcyona)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chalciope alcyona
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These Caterpillars can be a pest on :

  • Rice ( Oryza sativa, POACEAE ).

    Chalciope alcyona
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths are brown with a large dark triangle outlined in white on each forewing. The hindwings and undersides are plain brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Chalciope alcyona
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species occurs across the south Pacific including :

  • American Samoa,
  • New Caledonia,
  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in:

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

    Chalciope alcyona
    drawing by Herbert Druce, listed as Grammodes alcyona,

    List of the Lepidoptera Heterocera collected by Mr. C. M. Woodford
    at Suva, Viti Leva, Fiji Islands, with the descriptions of some new Species,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1888, Plate XIII, fig.5,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.


    Further reading

    Herbert Druce,
    List of the Lepidoptera Heterocera collected by Mr. C. M. Woodford at Suva, Viti Leva, Fiji Islands, with the Descriptions of some new Species.,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1888, p. 225, No 44, and also Plate 13, fig.5.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 130.


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    (updated 15 July 2012, 27 July 2021)