Pantydia diemeni Guenée, 1852
Gap-lined Pantydia
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The young Caterpillars of this species are pale green shading to pale brown at the head and tail.


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

Later instars acquire a striped pattern.


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The final instar is a patchy brown, with a nodule on the tal, and a head that seems to have a white nose.


cocoon
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon spun in the ground debris.


pupa
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The pupa is brown, and covered in a white greasy powder.


female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The adult moths are various shades of brown, with variable dark areas and a thin pale submarginal undulating line, not reaching the costa or hind-margin, on each forewing.


male
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The moths have a wide crest behind the head with a black front.


female, showing crest
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The eggs are grey and spherical, with minute grooves and dimples. They are laid in an untidy array on any convenient surface.


eggs
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Williams, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The moths are found all over Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.20, p. 450.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), pp. 437-438, No. 1309.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 22-23.


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    (updated 14 May 2013, 20 August 2019, 10 September 2020)