Lasiolopha saturata (Walker, 1865)
(previously known as Areola saturata)
CHLOEPHORINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lasiolopha saturata
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This caterpillar is green with a white line along each side, and an orange head with black markings. The caterpillar has a bulbous thorax, and feeds on

  • Ironwood ( Memecylon, MELASTOMATACEAE ).

    The caterpillar often just lies along the top of the midrib of a foodplant leaf. It forms its cocoon on the midrib.

    The adult moths of this species have forewings that are pale greyish green, each with two dark green bands. The hindwings are brown, shading to orange at the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Lasiolopha saturata
    drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Paracrama olivaceae
    ,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon, Part 9 (1893), Plate CLVII, fig. 17,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    This species is found across south-east Asia, including

  • India,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), pp. 87-88, and also Plate 157, fig. 17.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 169.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 33 (1865), p. 774.


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    (created 20 September 2012, updated 29 October 2012, 10 April 2015)