Lacera noctilio (Fabricius, 1894)
(one synonym : Lacera capella Guenée, 1852)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lacera noctilio
(Photo: courtesy of Axel Hausmann, SNSB, Zoologische Staatssammlung Muenchen)

These caterpillars have been reported to feed on:

  • Caesalpinia ( CAESALPINIACEAE ),
  • Pisonia ( NYCTAGINACEAE ),
  • Canthium ( RUBIACEAE ), and
  • Callicarpa ( VERBENACEAE ),.

    The adult moth has wings that are greyish brown, with a complex pattern. The wing margins are ragged in appearance.

    Lacera noctilio
    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The species occurs in south-east Asia across to the south Pacific region, including :

  • Borneo,
  • Cook Islands,
  • India,
  • New Caledonia,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Tom. 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 12, No. 14.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 143.


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    (updated 1 March 2011, 15 April 2018)