Single-lined Noctuid, Sugar Cane Armyworm
(one synonym : Mythimna loreyimima Rungs, 1953)
HADENINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are an agricultural pest on various plants in the family POACEAE, eg:
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.
It occurs in
and over much of Australia, including
The adult moths are similar to those of Leucania loreyi, but generally Leucania stenographa has paler forewings with a darker central line.
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 25 (1900), p. 30.
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 25, 28-29.
(updated 13 August 2012, 25 December 2020)