(one synonym Leucanitis schraderi R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874.)
CATOCALINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are grey with orange and black spots, and a yellow line along each side just above the legs. They move in a looper fashion, as they are missing a pair of prolegs. They feed on:
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 4 cms. They pupate in a cocoon amonst the ground litter. Adult moths emerge after about 14 days in summer in Bundaberg.
The adult moths are black with a ragged white bar across each forewing, and black and white chequering around the wing edges. The undersides of the wings are plain black. The thorax is covered in orange hairs. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found in
and in the northern half of Australia including
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
On a collection of Lepidoptera Heterocera from Marlborough Province, New Zealand,
Volume 1 (1874), p. 293.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 21.9, p. 453.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 13, and also Plate 116, fig. 7.
George Francis Hampson,
Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 12 (1913), p. 560, No. 7693, and also Plate 219, fig. 11.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 129.
(updated 9 August 2011, 10 April 2017)