Sasunaga tenebrosa (Moore, 1867)
(previously known as Hadena tenebrosa)
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

These Caterpillars are green with black spots, and generally live on the undersides of the leaves of their foodplant. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Red Creeper ( Ventilago maderaspatana RHAMNACEAE ).

    The caterpillar pupates in the soil in a silk cocoon.

    The adult moths have forewings that are brown with a subtle pattern including a wide wavy dark streak from base to margin. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The moths are found in south-east Asia, including:

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Various taxonomists have also variously placed this species ACRONICTINAE or AMPHIPYRINAE.


    Further reading:

    Frederic Moore,
    On Bangalese Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1867, p. 59.


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    (updated 30 September 2008)