Grammodes ocellata Tepper, 1890
(one synonym : Grammodes excellens Lucas, 1892)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


These Caterpillars feed on

  • Phyllanthus maderaspatanus ( PHYLLANTHACEAE ).

    The adult moths are dark brown usually with two white bars across each forewing, and one across each hindwing. The forewings often each have an ocellus at the tornus. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Evan Harris, Ipswich, Queensland)

    The species appears as Illustration 5 in Plate CCXXII of Hampson's Noctuidae of the British Museum, 1903-1913.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    The genus Grammodes (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae; Catocalinae),
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 62 (September 2011), pp. 19-21,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 139.

    Johann Gottlieb Otto Tepper,
    Part II Lepidoptera, or butterflies and moths of Adelaide,
    Common native insects of South Australia,
    Adelaide, 1890, p. 46.


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    (updated 13 April 2013, 10 April 2017)