Mocis trifasciata (Stephens, 1830)
(one synonym : Remigia demonstrans Walker, 1858)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Alexson Ho, Brisbane, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are brown with faint stripes, and a dark underside. They have a striped head, and are missing two pairs of prolegs. The caterpillars have been known to feed on:

  • Kauri ( Agathis species, ARAUCARIACEAE ),
  • Kudzu ( Pueraria species, FABACEAE ),
  • Cowpeas ( Vigna unguiculata, FABACEAE ),
  • Para Grass ( Brachiaria species, POACEAE ), and
  • Rice ( Oryza sativa, POACEAE ).


    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The adult moth is brown with dark bands across each wing. The wingspan is about 4.5 cms.


    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Mocis trifasciata
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume XIII (1913), Plate CCXXIII, figure 23,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The species is found in the south-west Pacific region, including :

  • Fiji,
  • Hawaii,
  • New Zealand,
  • Society Island,
  • United Kingdom,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.5, p. 452.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 144.

    James Francis Stephens,
    Mandibulata,
    Illustrations of British entomology, or a synopsis of indigenous insects, containing their generic and specific distinctions, with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable,
    London : Baldwin & Cradock, Vol. 3 (1830), p. 128, No. 6421.


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    (updated 6 August 2011)