Heliocheilus cramboides (Guenée, 1852)
(one synonym is Heliothis neurias Meyrick, 1902)
HELIOTHINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Marcus Matthews,
Heliothine Moths of Australia: A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups

This Caterpillar is green with a thin dark line along the back, and broad pale and dark lines along each side. The caterpillar has been found feeding in the seed heads of

  • Early Spear Grass ( Sorghum intrans, POACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult moth of this species is dark brown with a white stripe from base to mid-margin on each forewing. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.


    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Melicleptria cramboides,

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume IV (1903), Plate LVII, figure 16,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    This species occurs all over much of mainland Australia, including

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


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), pp. 84-85, No. 122.

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 14, 61-64, 160-161, 197, Plates 7, 16, 22, 23.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 161.


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    (updated 15 April 2013, 9 August 2017)