Whitebar Grass Moth
(one synonym is Heliothis neurias Meyrick, 1902)
HELIOTHINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
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
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.
This species occurs all over much of mainland Australia, including
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), pp. 84-85, No. 122.
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 34-35.
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.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 161.
(updated 15 April 2013, 9 August 2017, 26 December 2020)