Hypena laceratalis Walker, 1859
Lantana Defoliator
(one synonym : Hypena acrocompsa Turner, 1932)
HYPENINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hypena laceratalis
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

These caterpillars feed on

  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBENACEAE ).

    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.

    Hypena laceratalis
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Mission Beach, Queensland)

    The adult moth has brown patterned forewings. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    The species was originally found in Africa and Asia, including

  • Kenya,
  • Madagascar, and
  • South Africa,

    and is now found in

  • Cook Islands,
  • Hawaii,
  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Philippines,

    and also in Australia in

  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • Norfolk Island, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.7, pp. 72, 448.

    Peter Marriott,
    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.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 164.

    Francis Walker,
    Deltoides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1859), p. 60, No. 68.


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    (written 6 March 2005, updated 2 December 2012)