Heliocheilus flavitincta (Lower, 1908)
(formerly known as Meliceptria flavitincta)
HELIOTHINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

This Caterpillar is dark green with a variable number of pale lines along the back, of a thin pale line along each side.

Heliocheilus flavitincta
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 yellow forewings each with a striking pattern of dark curvy lines and spots. The hindwings are off-white darkening to brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Heliocheilus flavitincta
(Photo: courtesy of Andrew Mitchell, Australian Museum)

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia, and
  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera. No. XXV,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 32 (1908), p. 110.

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 17-18, 70-71, 166, 198; Plates 8, 14, 17, 22, 23.


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    (written 22 August 2017, updated 12 April 2021)