Targalla delatrix (Guenée, 1852)
Eugenia Caterpillar
(one synonym : Eutelia plusioides Walker, 1865)
EUTELIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The caterpillar of this species attacks :

  • Brazilian Cherries ( Eugenia uniflora, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Peter T Oboyski, Esseg Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley)

    The adult moths are brown with a subtle pattern on the forewings. The moth has an unusual resting posture with the abdomen lifted to be perpendicular to the resting surface.

    The species occurs across south-east Asia and the south Pacific basin, including :

  • Hawaii,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Japan,
  • Malaysia, and
  • Society Islands,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 304, No. 1112.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 160.


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    (updated 25 June 2011)