(one synonym : Trileuca dentalis Smith, 1891)
CHLOEPHORINAE , NOLIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
early instar, Bundaberg, Queensland
The Caterpillars of this species are a puzzle. Some are green.
Some appear to be green with yellow spots. Others have a yellow stripe along the back and along each side, and black splodges on each segment.
Some have been found with a red spot on the tail, (perhaps distracting predators away from the vulnerable head). It seems that successive instars of the caterpillars have somewhat different colour patterns.
They have been found feeding on the leaves of various plants in the Hibiscus family ( MALVACEAE ) :
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 4 cms.
The adult moths are yellow, with three brown arrow-shaped lines across each forewing. They have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found across south-east Asia including
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.1, p. 457.
Achille Guenée, in Boisduval & Guenée,
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 6 (1852), p. 211, No. 978.
(updated 27 August 2012, 15 January 2014)