(also known as Bastilla solomonensis)
CATOCALINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is a contortionist. It is inclined to rest lying along the edge of a leaf. even if that edge is concave. It has been found on
The early instars are a translucent pale green with a black spot each side of the second abdominal segment, and a pale brown head. The first pair of prolegs is underdeveloped, so that it moves in a looper fashion.
Later instars are opaque and fawn with dark speckles, with a pair of small horns on the last abdominal segment.
The last instar is uniformly fawn with dark spiracles. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 4 cms.
The adult moth is light and dark brown in a pattern on the forewings that resembles distinctive eye and eyebrow markings.
The markings are much less striking in a set specimen. The moths have a wingspan of about 6 cms.
The species is found in Australasia, including
The subspecies papuana (Holloway, 1979) is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 46.7, 55.8, p. 453.
George F. Hampson,
Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 12 (1913), p. 572, No. 7712, and also Plate CCXXII, figure 2.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 129.
(updated 3 January 2013, 2 December 2014)