CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
Stella Crossley & Dave Britton
(Photo: copyright Dave Britton)
These Caterpillars feed on the young shoots, flowers, and seed pods of their foodplant. They are a pest on :
and also have been found on :
The moths of this noctuid have forewings with variable white and green stripes along their length, and satin white hindwings with brown margins. They often have two green stripes on the thorax. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The species has been considered to be a variant of Earias perhuegeli, despite the difference in forewing pattern and coloration.
This species occurs over the islands in the south Pacific, including
as well mainland Australia:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.8, pp. 59, 65, 458.
Macrolepidoptera of Indo-Australian Fauna: Noctuiform Phalaenae, Acontiinae,
in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 11, 1938, p. 423, and also Plate 40, fig. f1.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 161.
Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 30-33.
(updated 25 April 2012, 16 May 2017, 25 November 2019, 2 July 2021)