(one synonym : Hypena acrocompsa Turner, 1932)
HYPENINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
These caterpillars feed on
The caterpillars feed on the flesh underneath the leaves leaving the upper skin intact.
The species was introduced into Hawaii in an attempt to control that weed, and then in 1965 into Australia.
The adult moth has brown patterned forewings. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species was originally found in Africa and Asia, including
and is now found in
and also in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.7, pp. 72, 448.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 8-9.
Ebbe S. Nielsen, Edward D. Edwards, & T.V. Rangsi (eds),
Checklist of Australian Lepidoptera, CSIRO Publishing, 1996, pp. 294, 338, 371.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 164.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 16 (1859), p. 60, No. 68.
(written 6 March 2005, updated 2 December 2012)