(one synonym: Xanthia imparata Walker, 1857)
CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
(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
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 over much of the western hemisphere, including
as well as Australia in
Further reading :
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
Tome 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 74, No. 210.
(written 8 August 2011, updated 5 July 2021)