Careades huntei (Warren, 1903)
(one synonym: Carea plagioscia Turner, 1903)
CHLOEPHORINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA ,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Careades huntei
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The Caterpillar of this species has been found in a Cairns nursery on:

  • Golden Penda ( Xanthostemon chrysanthus, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar is quite unusual in that it has a large rounded swelling at the back of the thorax.

    Careades huntei
    (Specimen: courtesy of Paul Dangerfield, Jane Royer, and Aurea King,
    Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries,
    and Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth of this species is grey and brown with three dark lines across each forewing. The hindwings are plain greyish brown. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    Careades huntei
    probably female
    (Specimen: courtesy of Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The males and females appear to have different forms.

    Careades huntei
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

    The species has been found in

  • Indonesia,
  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Careades huntei
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume XI (1912), Plate CLXXXVIII, figure 25,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    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.

    William Warren,
    New moths from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 10 (1903), p. 123, No. 8.


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    (updated 31 August 2013, 19 March 2017)