Heliocheilus ranalaetensis Matthews, 1999
(one synonym : Heliocheilus osmidus Swinhoe, 1901)
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 white-edged thin dark line, edged with a thin pale line along each side, and speckled with two darker dots on each side of the centre-line on each segment. 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

This caterpillar is thought to feed on

  • Porcupine Grass ( Triodia scariosa, POACEAE ).


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

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings each with two complete and several incomplete white diagonal stripes. The hindwings are a streaky pale brown. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    This species has been taken in

  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 88-90, 176-177, 200, Plates 10, 14, 18, 22, 23.


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    (written 1 September 2017)