Erygia apicalis Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Calicula exempta Walker, 1858)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

This Caterpillar is dark brown with yellow speckles. Underneath it is pale green with a red mark under each segment. Branched filaments project out of the sides. The first two pairs of prolegs are reduced, so the caterpillar moves in a looper fashion. The caterpillar, when disturbed, arches it thorax, exposing black bands between the first few abdominal segments. The caterpillar has been found feeding on various plants in the family FABACEAE.

The adult moths are brown, with a complex pattern on each forewing. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

The moths have been found in:

  • Borneo,
  • India,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites III,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 50, No. 1381.


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    (written 29 July 2012)