Chaetocneme beata (Hewitson, 1867)
Common Red-Eye
(previously known as Netrocoryne beata)
PYRGINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter R. Samson & Stella Crossley

Chaetocneme beata
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson, collected in Cairns)

The Caterpillars are green and covered in pale dots. The head is large, brown or yellowish, and divided into two by a dark vertial line.

Chaetocneme beata
(Photo copyright: Peter Samson)

The caterpillarslive in leafy shelters by day. Initially these are constructed from a cut piece of leaf folded over to make a triangular pocket. Later instars join two leaves together with silk. The Caterpillars feed nocturnally on various trees, including :

  • Custard Apple ( Annona reticulata, ANNONACEAE ),
  • Queensland Cascarilla ( Croton insularis, EUPHORBIACEAE ),
  • Bolwarra ( Eupomatia laurina, EUPOMATIACEAE ),
  • Camphor Laurel ( Cinnamomum camphora, LAURACEAE ),
  • Hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, MALVACEAE ), and
  • Brush Box ( Lophostemon confertus, MYRTACEAE ).

    Chaetocneme beata
    (Photo: courtesy of Stewart Newman)

    The pupa is green or brown with a white mark on each side outlined in black with brown markings at one end. it is typically formed in a curled leaf.

    Chaetocneme beata
    (Photo copyright: Peter Samson)

    The adult butterflies are brown, with an irregular or broken white stripe across each forewing containing a brown dot. The hindwings may have two or three white dots on each one. The wingspan of the adults is about 5 cms.

    Chaetocneme beata
    (Photo copyright: Peter Samson)

    The eggs of this species are spherical and ribbed and laid singly on a leaf of a foodplant.

    Chaetocneme beata
    (Photo: courtesy of Stewart Newman)

    This species occurs in edges of the upland rainforest along the coast of

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Chaetocneme beata
    ( Australia Post, 1998)


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 65-66.

    Murdoch De Baar,
    in Attracting insects and birds to gardens and consequential issues,
    Metamorphosis Australia Issue 50 (September 2008), p. 21,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Peter Hendry,
    Lepidoptera legacy of the summer that was 2010/11,
    Metamorphosis Australia Issue 61 (June 2011), pp. 18-20,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.


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    (updated 30 September 2010, 22 September 2013, 26 January 2014)