(one synonym : Chalciope saina Swinhoe, 1918)
CATOCALINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
This caterpillar is pale brown with darker brown lines along the body. The first two pairs of prolegs are reduced, so that it moves with a looper action. It has been found feeding on :
The pupa is brown with a white coating.
The adult moth has pale brown forewings with large dark brown triangle in the middle. The hindwings are pale brown with a dark submarginal arc of dark marks. The dark brown triangle on each forewing is transected by a broad pale diagonal band from mid-costa to tornus.
In the female this pale band is enlarged to a pale internal triangle.
The species occurs across the south Pacific, including :
and in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, Fig 46.4 and p. 452.
Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
Amsterdam Baalde, vol. 3 (1782), pp. 59-60, and also Plate 227, fig. C..
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 156.
(updated 10 March 2010)