(one synonym : Noctua dominica Cramer, 1782)
HADENINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Glenda Rode-Bramanis, Bli Bli, Queensland)
This caterpillar is black with white spots, except for the head and tail which are brown with black markings. The caterpillar has sparse black hairs.
It feeds on various plants from the family AMARYLLIDACEAE, including :
as well as :
The caterpillar often bores into the stems, or eats the flesh inside the leaves staying inside the intact translucent epidermis. On average, a caterpillar has been reported to eat 240 square centimetres of leaf in its lifetime. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 5 cms.
The pupa is formed naked underground.
The adult moth has brown forewings each with subtle pattern, including a variable irregular dark-edged mark near the middle, and a broad pale band along the inner margin. The hind wings are off-white, darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The pheromones have been elucidated. The eggs are pale yellow and spherical, and laid in regular arrays of about 40 on the leaf of a foodplant.
The species occurs in :
and also in Australia including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 49.18, p. 465.
Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 4 (1782), p. 238, Fig. H, and also Plate 399, fig. H..
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
1775, p. 587, No. 108.
Observations of moth and parasitoid,
Issue 62 (September 2011), pp. 13-14,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Brithys crini in Australia: from bush to suburbia,
Bulletin, Entomological Society of Queensland,
Volume 28, Issue 4, 2000, pp. 73-76.
(updated 10 April 2011, 15 March 2017)