Adisura marginalis (Walker, 1858)
New Pod Borer
(one synonym : Anthophila similis Moore, 1881)
HELIOTHINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Adisura marginalis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are a pest on:

  • Redgram Peas ( Cajanus cajan, FABACEAE ).

    The adult moths are pale yellow, with a pink border around each forewing, and a brown border around each hindwing. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    Adisura marginalis
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Thalatha psorallina

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume IV (1903), Plate LVIII, figure 27,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The species occurs in south-east Asia, including:

  • India,
  • Indonesia,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 161.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 12 (1858), p. 830, No. 15.


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    (updated 8 August 2011)