Australothis rubrescens (Walker, 1858)
(one synonym : Heliothis hyperchroa Turner, 1920)
HELIOTHINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

This Caterpillar is commonly found on :

  • Indian Weed ( Sigesbeckia orientalis, ASTERACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    This adult moth has reddish brown forewings, each with a vague dark spot in the middle, and pale yellow hindwings with a wide black border.

    The species has been found in

  • New Zealand,

    and all over Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Norfolk Island.


    underside
    (Photo: copyright of Uwe Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 469.

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 15 (1858), pp. 1681-1682, pg. 215.


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    (updated 15 April 2013, 16 August 2014)