Heliocheilus moribunda (Guenée, 1852)
(one synonym is Canthylidia arenosa Turner, 1943)
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 dark green with a broad pale line along the back, bisected by a thin dark line, and edged with a thin pale line along each side. A broad pale line runs along each side above the legs.


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

Little is known at present about the food or pupation preferences of this species.


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult moth is brown in colour, with a white stripe, sometimes faint, along each forewing.


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The hindwings are each pale grey or brown with a faint broad marginal darker band along the margin. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Melicleptria moribunda,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume IV (1903), Plate LVII, figure 20,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species occurs in:

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


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5 (1852), p. 95, No. 150.

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 14, 79-81, 169-170, 199, Plates 9, 14, 18.

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New species of Lepidoptera from the Barnard collection. No. 2,
    Memoirs of the Queensland Museum,
    Volume 12, Part 2 (1943), p. 110.


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    (updated 15 April 2013, 24 August 2017)