(one synonym : Prodotis caeca Pagenstecher, 1900)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo : courtesy of Scott Gavins, Fraser Coast, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are black or grey, with broken white longitudinal stripes and orange patches. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of plants in the family PHYLLANTHACEAE, including:
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 3.5 cms.
They pupate in a cocoon covered in debris, near the base of their foodplant.
The adult moths are dark brown with two parallel white lines across each forewing, and one across each hindwing. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The moths often settle with the head pointing downwards.
They are found over the northern half of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.7, p. 453.
Life history notes on the noctuid moth Grammodes justa (walker, 1858). Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
Issue 70 (September 2013), pp. 6-8.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 10-11, 20-21.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 139.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 14 (1858), p. 1445, No. 11.
(updated 5 August 2011, 5 January 2019, 2 June 2020)