(one synonym is Canthylidia epigrapha Turner, 1920)
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 two pale lines along each side of a thin dark line along the back.
The adult moth of this species has patchy reddish-brown forewings each with a marginal and submarginal arc of dark dots, and a vague complex splodge near the middle. The hindwings are off-white darkening to brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in
The males of this species are indistinguishable from the males of Heliocheilus thelycritus. The females of these two species differ only in details of the genitalia.
Further reading :
Heliothine Moths of Australia:
A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 10, 66-69, 166, 197-198, Plates 8, 14, 17, 22, 23.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
Annals of the Queensland Museum,
Volume 10 (1911), p. 61.
(written 20 August 2017, updated 26 April 2019)