Serrodes campana Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Serrodes callipepla Prout, 1929)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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

  • Lepisanthes species,
  • Nephelium species,
  • Sapindus species,
  • Ceylon Oak ( Schleichera oleosa ), and
  • Maple ( Acer species ).

    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.


    (Photo: courtesy of Ian Mcmillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The moths feed on nectar in various flowers, and also the juice of damaged ripe fruit.


    (Photo: courtesy of Neil Hewett, Cooper Creek Wilderness, North Queensland)

    They are inhabitants of south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including:

  • Borneo,
  • Fiji,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Taiwan,

    and in eastern Australia including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.5, p. 451.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 252, No. 1673.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 151.


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    (updated 17 August 2013, 29 January 2015)