(possibly a synonym of Vestermannia superba Hübner, 1823)
CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)
The early instars of the Caterpillars of this species are green with yellow spots on the back and sides of each segment, a yellow line along each side of the back, and a large yellowish-green head. The first pair of prolegs is atrophied.
Later instars develop a red stripe on each side of the head.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 3 cms. They pupate in a cocoon spun amongst the ground litter. The pupa is brown, and covered in a waxy white powder. The pupa has a length of about 2 cms.
This species has adult moths with dark brown forewings each with a winding white band across the middle.
The hindwings are off-white, with dark brown margins. The wingspan is about 4.5 cms.
The species has been found in
and also in Australia in
Further reading :
George F. Hampson,
Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Volume 11 (1912), p. 606, No. 7026, and also Plate 189, figure 32.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 170.
(updated 9 August 2011, 28 August 2019, 23 April 2020)