Leucania abdominalis (Walker, 1856)
(formerly known as Nonagria abdominalis)
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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.


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

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.


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

The moths are found in :

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Cirphis abdominalis
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume V (1905), Plate XCI, figure 24,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    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.


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    (updated 13 April 2013)