(formerly known as Nonagria abdominalis)
HADENINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
These caterpillars are a pest on sugarcane. This species and several similar species are called Sugarcane Armyworms. The caterpillars strip the leaves, just leaving the centre vein.
The adult moths of this species have a forewing that is pale brown with a scattering of black dots. The hindwings are white shading to brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The moths are found in :
Further reading :
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 9 (1856), p. 131, No. 24.
(updated 13 April 2013)