Lyncestis melanoschista (Meyrick, 1897)
(one synonym : Lyncestis phaeocrossa Turner, 1904)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Mark Korner, Ipswich, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species are basically green with a scattering of pale pots. There is a pale line along the back and one along each side.


(Photo: courtesy of Mark Korner, Ipswich, Queensland)

The head is kept tucked under the thorax, and is grey with white stripes.


showing the head
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Korner, Ipswich, Queensland)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Glue Berry (Cordia dichotoma, BORAGINACEAE)


    (Photo: courtesy of Mark Korner, Ipswich, Queensland)

    The caterpillars grow to a length of 4-5 cms. They pupate in the leaf litter. The pupa is reddish brown with a length of about 1.5 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Mark Korner, Ipswich, Queensland)

    The adult moth has streaky grey forewings. The hindwings are white with broad black margins. The wingspan is about 5 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of new Lepidoptera from Australia and New Zealand,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1897, p. 372.


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    (written 1 November 2014, updated 20 August 2019, 20 March 2020)