Pale Grass Moth
(one synonym is Canthylidia arenosa Turner, 1943)
HELIOTHINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
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.
Little is known at present about the food or pupation preferences of this species.
The adult moth is brown in colour, with a white stripe, sometimes faint, along each forewing.
The hindwings are each pale grey or brown with a faint broad marginal darker band along the margin. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in:
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 5 (1852), p. 95, No. 150.
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 34-35.
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.
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.
(updated 15 April 2013, 3 June 2018, 26 December 2020)