Ericeia pertendens (Walker, 1858)
(previously known as Remigia pertendens)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ericeia pertendens
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The early instars of this Caterpillar are off-white, but later instars become nearly black. The caterpillar is inclined to rest a rest along a twig.

The caterpillar pupates in a sparse cocoon in ground debris.

  • Berchemia species ( RHAMNACEAE ), and
  • Cassia species ( CAESALPINIACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has variable patchy brown wings, each with a wiggly dark submarginal band. The forewing tips are pointed and recurved. Th wingspan is about 5 cms.

    The species is been found in south-east Asia in

  • Borneo,
  • Japan,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading:

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 136.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 14 (1858), p. 1512.


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    (written 11 February 2015)