(one synonym : Trileuca dentalis Smith, 1891)
CHLOEPHORINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are a puzzle. Some are green and hairy.
Some have a yellow stripe along the back and along each side, and black splodges on each segment, and a red spot on the tail, which perhaps distracts predators away from the vulnerable head.
Some are green with white and yellow spots. Some are brown with yellow spots.
The answer is that successive instars of the caterpillars have somewhat different colour patterns.
The caterpillars 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, 18 November 2018, 24 August 2019, 12 April 2020)