Heliocheilus eodora (Meyrick, 1902)
(one synonym : Heliothis tenuistria Turner, 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

These Caterpillars are green with a thin dark line along the back, flanked by a thin pale line each side, and with a broad pale line along each side. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Silky Browntop ( Eulalia aurea, POACEAE ).

    The caterpillar pupates in a tunnel under the soil surface.


    male, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Melicleptria eodora
    ,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidæ in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Volume IV (1903), Plate LVII, fig. 12,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth is brown with a pale diagonal stripe on each forewing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species has been taken in

  • Indonesia,

    and in Australia in

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


    Further reading :

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, 10, 64-66, 165, 197, Plates 8, 14, 17, 22, 23.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1902, p. 26.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New genera and species of Lepidoptera belonging to the family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 27 (1902), pp. 79-80.


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    (updated 27 August 2011, 10 August 2017)