CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA,
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
The caterpillars of this species feed on the young shoots, flowers, and seed pods of their foodplant. They are a pest on :
and also have been found on :
The adult moths are pale brown with arcs of dark spots across each forewing. The wingspan is about 2 cms. The species has been considered to be a variant of Earias huegeliana, despite the difference in forewing pattern and coloration.
The species has been found over the southern Pacific, including:
and most of Australia, including
Some taxonomists think this is a synonym of Earias huegeliana.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.8, pp. 59, 65, 458.
Jeremy Daniel Holloway,
The Lepidoptera of Norfolk Island, their biogeography and ecology,
The Hague : Dr W. Junk (1977), p. 78 and also Plate 22, fig. 8.
(updated 14 April 2013)