(one synonym : Xanthodes adunca Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)
The Caterpillars of this species are green, with a broken pale line along the back interrupted by black splodges each containing two yellow spots, and a pale line along each side interrupted by red spots on each segment.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillars pupate in cocoon in a curled dead leaf.
The adult moths have pale yellow forewings, each with two brown spots on the costa. The forewings each have an indentation in the margin near the tornus.
The hindwings and undersides are white shading to yellow at the margins. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found across Australia, including :
Further reading :
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 20, and also Plate 108, fig. 39.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 33, Supplement part 3(1865), pp. 778-779.
(created 25 April 2012, updated 8 August 2012)