Xanthodes albago (Fabricius, 1794)
(one synonym: Xanthia imparata Walker, 1857)
CHLOEPHORINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA ,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Xanthodes albago
(Photo: courtesy of Paolo Mazzei, Italy)

These caterpillars are dimorphic. One form is just green. The other form is pale yellow with a broad dark blue dorsal stripe. On the edges of the stripe are a series of red spots, one on each side of each segment, each connecting to a thin black line that runs down the side to the ventral surface. The caterpillar has only got two pairs of prolegs, and moves in a looper fashion. The caterpillar has been found feeding on plants in MALVACEAE, including

  • Musk Mallow ( Malva moschata ), and
  • Tree Mallow ( Lavatera olbia ).

    Xanthodes albago
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths of this species have forewings that are yellowish brown, with a brown-edged purple patch near the middle, and a couple of black marks on the margin. The forewings also each have several dark brown transverse chevron-shaped lines. The hindwings are plain yellow. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    This species is found in

  • Africa,
  • Asia,
  • Europe,
  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Tome 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 74, No. 210.

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    (written 8 August 2011)