Heliocheilus ferruginosa (Turner, 1911)
(one synonym is Canthylidia epigrapha Turner, 1920)
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 two pale lines along each side of a thin dark line along the back.


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

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.


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia, and
  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    Marcus Matthews,
    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.


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    (written 20 August 2017)