Nodaria cornicalis (Fabricius, 1794)
(one synonym : Herminia cinerealis Walker, 1866)
HERMINIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nodaria cornicalis
female
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on dead leaves of:

  • Sugar Cane ( Saccharum cultivars, POACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth has a wing span of about 2 cms. It is brown with indistinct dark scalloped lines across each forewing.

    Nodaria cornicalis
    male, underside, showing fans on the legs, and nodes on the antennae
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species is found in Asia and around the south Pacific, including

  • New Caledonia,
  • Reunion,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Volume 5 Supplementum (1798), p. 468, No. 24.


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    (updated 5 August 2012)