Paectes cyanodes (Turner, 1902)
(previously known as Ingura cyanodes)
EUTELIINAE,   EUTELIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Jackie Beer, Ipswich, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are green, with sparse yellow spots, a yellow dorsolateral line each side, and a yellow ring between each segemnt.


head, magnified
(Photo: courtesy of Jackie Beer, Ipswich, Queensland)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Brazilian Peppertree ( Schinus terebinthifolia, ANACARDIACEAE ), and
  • Burny Vine ( Trophis scandens , MORACEAE ).


    creating a pupal shelter
    (Photo: courtesy of Jackie Beer, Ipswich, Queensland)

    The caterpillars grew to a length of about 5 cms. The caterpillars pupated in a shelter created from leaves joined with silk.


    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Jackie Beer, Ipswich, Queensland)

    The pupa was brown with a scupltured surface matching the developing organs inside.


    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The adult moths are brown with forewings that each have a pattern like half of a crescent. The hindwings are each brown with dark veins, and with a double pale patch by the tornus.


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The moth has an unusual resting posture with the abdomen lifted to be perpendicular to the resting surface. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


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

    This species occurs in

  • Queensland.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 158.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New genera and species of Lepidoptera belonging to the family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 27 (1902), p. 87-88.


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    (updated 14 August 2012, 23 June 2019)