Grammodes oculicola Walker, 1858
(also known as Grammodes omatophora Lower, 1895)
Small-eyed Box-Owlet
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are brown with two white lines across each forewing. There is also a diagonal white line across each hindwing. The forewings also each have a pale tapering submarginal band, which is absent in the similar Grammodes oculata.


(Photo: courtesy of Michael Jefferies, Mt. Marlay, Queensland)

There is an eyespot with an elliptical white line around it at the tornus of each forewing tornus. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


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

The species is found in the South Pacific basin, including:

  • Nouvelle-CalÚdonie,

    as well as in Australia in

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


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

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

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 20-21.

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

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 14 (1858), p. 1446, No. 12.


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    (updated 9 October 2011, 17 October 2016, 19 August 2019, 6 October 2020)