Dasygaster padockina (Le Guillou, 1841)
(one synonym : Mamestra confundens Walker, 1869)
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dasygaster padockina
(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

This Caterpillar is brown above and greyish brown below. A cream lateral line extends onto the orange head capsule. The front of the head capsule is marked with vertical brown lines. Each prolegs is marked by a small black line. The Caterpillar hides by day at the soil surface, and feeds nocturnally on :

  • Grass ( POACEAE ).

    The Caterpillar pupates in the soil. Caterpillars which pupated in June in Melbourne emerged as adults the following January.

    Dasygaster padockina
    (Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

    The adult moth has brown forewings with orange markings. The hind wings are brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Dasygaster padockina
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    The species occurs in:

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


    male, drawing by Achille Guenée, Noctuélites, listed as Dasygaster hollandiae
    ,
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5 (1852), Plate 6, fig. 11,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 49.20, pp. 65, 466.

    Elie Jean Francois Le Guillou,
    Description de huit espèces de Lépidoptères découvertes pendant le voyage de la Zélee,
    Revue Zoologique par la Societe Cuvierienne,
    Paris, 1841, p. 257, No. 5.


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    (updated 12 April 2011, 9 October 2013)