(one synonym : Grammodes excellens Lucas, 1892)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Scott Gavins, Fraser Coast, Queensland)
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 eye-spot at the tornus.
The adults moths seem to have a preference for facing downwards, perhaps looking like a monster with a wide open mouth? The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
The genus Grammodes (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae; Catocalinae),
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
Issue 62 (September 2011), pp. 19-21.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 157.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 20-21.
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.
(updated 13 April 2013, 10 April 2017, 7 November 2019, 24 August 2020)