Leucania stenographa Lower, 1900
Sugar Cane Armyworm
(one synonym : Mythimna loreyimima Rungs, 1953)
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species are an agricultural pest on various plants in the family POACEAE, eg:

  • Pasture Grass, and
  • Sugar Cane ( Saccharum officinarum ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker, Museum Victoria)

    The adult moth has brown forewings each with various darker lines and spots, including a small black spot and a separated small white spot near the middle. The hind wings are buff, with a broken dark line around the edge. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker, Museum Victoria)

    It occurs in

  • Cook Islands,
  • New Zealand,
  • South Africa,

    and over much of Australia, including

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia,
  • Western Australia, and
  • Norfolk Island.


    Norfolk Island
    1986


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 25, 65.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22 (1897), p. 30.


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    (updated 13 August 2012)