Persectania dyscrita Common, 1954
Inland Armyworm
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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Stella Crossley

Persectania dyscrita
(Photo: courtesy of Cesar Australia)

This Caterpillar is an agricultural pest, causing damage to pastures and crops. The caterpillar is very similar to that of Persectania ewingii.

The adult moth has fawn forewings with a pattern of pale and dark lines. The hind wings are buff, darkening to the margin, with dark veins. It has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

Persectania dyscrita
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The species has been found all over Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Control of the pest may effected using :

  • Insecticide spraying,
  • wasps such as Apanteles ruficrus, ( BRACONIDAE ), and
  • nematodes such as Steinernema carpocapsae ( STEINERNEMATIDAE ).


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 65.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    The Australian armyworms of the genus Persectania (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae),
    Australian Journal of Zoology,
    Volume 2 (1954) p. 94.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 198.


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    (updated 14 November 2010, 17 September 2013, 26 November 2014)