Grammodes stolida (Fabricius, 1775)
(one synonym : Noctua cingularis Hübner, 1808)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Jacob Hübner, listed as Noctua cingularis,

Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
Volume 4 (1808), Plate 76, fig. 352,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The Caterpillar of this species will happily eat the leaves of many plants, and was considered as a control agent for

  • Caltrop ( Tribulis terrestris, ZYGOPHYLLACEAE ).

    The adult moths are brown with a bold pattern, including a white bar across each wing. The forewings also each have orange and white cusped submarginal arcs, and a white spot on the wingtip. The hindwings each have a white spot near the tornus. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    The species is found across Europe, Africa, and Asia, including

  • Algeria,
  • Botswana,
  • India,
  • Sweden,

    and also in Australia in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
    Systema Entomologiae,
    1775, p. 599, No. 38.

    Jacob Hübner,
    Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
    Volume 4 (1808), Plate 76, fig. 352.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 49 (1925), p. 41.


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    (updated 14 August 2008)