(one synonym : Anomis instabilis Butler, 1889)
CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Mt Molloy, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species have a bulging greenish-grey thorax, and a pair of short horns on the tail.
The early instars are brown with a white-edged broad pale yellow dorsal stripe containing a white-edged brown stripe. Similar white-edged brown stripes run along each side, below which a white line runs along each side just above the legs. The caterpillars have some dark smudges about half way around abdominal segments five and six. There is a white dorsal patch between the tail horns and the claspers.
Later instars become brown with broken white lines. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 3 cms.
The thorax develops black spots and some black-outlined white spots. The tail horns become red. The head becomes yellow with black markings, with a white collar with black markings.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on plants in COMBRETACEAE including :
as well as plants from other families including :
The caterpillars pupate in a white cocoon spun in a curled leaf.
The pupa is pale brown with darker ends, and has a length of about 1.6 cms.
The adult moths are dimorphic. The females are plain brown with faint dark zigzag lines across the forewings.
The males have an additional large irregular reddish area outlined in dark brown on the costa of each forewing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species is found from south-east Asia to the south Pacific, including
and also in Australia in:
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
Illustrations of Typical Specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 7 (1889), p. 72, and also Plate 131, fig. 3.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.5, p. 458.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 169.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 13 (1858), pp. 992-993, No. 14.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 187.
(updated 13 November 2010, 14 March 2017, 27 April 2020)