(previously known as Homoptera cruegeri)
CATOCALINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
The Caterpillars have a narrow thorax and wider abdomen and head. They move like loopers, as they only have 2 pairs of prolegs. They are initially green with white lines. The head is green with white lines too. When disturbed, the caterpillar bends its head right back, and thrashes from side to side.
Later instars become grey with black spots and a black line down the back. They grow to length of about 7 cm.
They feed communally at first but separate when older, feeding on various trees of the plant family CAESALPINIACEAE, including :
Pupation occurs in a cocoon covered in debris on the ground some distance from the foodplant. The cocoon has a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moth is brown with a complex pattern of dark lines and patches, and often with some white areas.
The moth is very variable in its coloration. The legs are dark brown with white joints. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species occurs in south-east Asia including :
and also in Australia:
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
Heterocera from the Australian region,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1886, pp. 411-412.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.3, p. 452.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 26.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 148.
(updated 5 September 2010, 12 March 2015)