(one synonym: Carea plagioscia Turner, 1903)
CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is quite unusual as it has a large rounded swelling at the back of the thorax, and a pair of horns on the tail. The caterpillar is basically brown with a few white dots, and a pale line along each side of the back. Th tail horns are black. The caterpillars have been found feeding on various plant species in MYRTACEAE, including
The caterpillar pupates in papery white cocoon between joined leaves of its foodplant.
The pupa inside is off-white underneath, shading to brown on top.
The adult female moths of this species have patchy grey and brown forewings, each with a subtle pattern including a straightish submarginal line. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The adult male moths also have brown forewings, each with a subtle pattern including a straightish diagonal line. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The forewing costa, termen, and hind-margin of both sexes are all sinuously curved. The hindwings of both sexes each have a concave bite out of the tornus. The hindwings are plain greyish brown.
The species has been found overseas in
The species has been found in Australia in
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 168.
A. Jefferis Turner,
New Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic and other notes: Noctuidae,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 27 (1903), pp. 7-8.
New moths from British New Guinea,
Volume 10 (1903), p. 123, No. 8.
(updated 31 August 2013, 19 March 2017, 10 December 2019)