Indian Weed Caterpillar
(one synonym : Heliothis hyperchroa Turner, 1920)
HELIOTHINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Marcus Matthews,
Heliothine Moths of Australia: A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups
This Caterpillar is green or brown with white stripes and a mottled pattern. The caterpillar has been found on various species of plants from ASTERACEAE, including:
but has also been found on
This adult moth has variable reddish brown forewings, each with variable dark markings including a vague dark spot in the middle.
The hindwings are pale yellow with a wide black border. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species has been found in
and all over Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 469.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 168-169.
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 32-35.
Heliothine Moths of Australia:
A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 99-102, 179-181, 200-201, Plates 11.9-11.20, 15.2, 19.1-19.3, 22.8, 23.7.
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.
(updated 15 April 2013, 6 September 2017, 26 December 2020)