Ericeia inangulata (Guenée, 1852)
(previously known as Hulodes inangulata)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ericeia inangulata
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These caterpillars are loopers. Initially they are white, later becoming grey or brown with yellow bands along the back and sides with dark speckles and white spots. The caterpillars have been found feeding on many plants, including

  • Wattles ( Acacia, MIMOSACEAE ),
  • Cassia ( Cassia, CAESALPINIACEAE ),
  • Crepe Myrtle ( Lagerstroemia, LYTHRACEAE ), and
  • Lemon ( Citrus, RUTACEAE ).

    The adult moth of has variable brown wings, with the males and females having differing patterns. The wingspan is about 4 cms. The moths have been known to pierce fruit to suck the juice.

    The species is been found in south-east Asia, including

  • Indonesia,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites III,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), pp. 210-211, No. 1612.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 136.


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    (created 24 April 2012)