(one synonym : Serrodes callipepla Prout, 1929)
CATOCALINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
This caterpillar is grey with black speckles. The first abdominal segment is black and swollen. The first set of prolegs are reduced. The caterpillar has been found feeding on various plants in SAPINDACEAE, inlcluding
The adult moths are light and dark grey or brown, often with a broad pale band across the middle of each forewing, delineated by a double line. The moths have a wingspan up to 8 cms.
The moths feed on nectar in various flowers, and also the juice of damaged ripe fruit.
They are inhabitants of south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including:
and in eastern Australia including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.5, p. 451.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 252, No. 1673.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 151.
(updated 17 August 2013, 29 January 2015)