Artigisa melanephele Hampson, 1914
(previously known as Erastria destituta)
Black-clouded Snout
HYPENINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Artigisa melanephele
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Hobart, Tasmania)

This caterpillar is pale brown, with black spots and pale yellow warts carrying sparse hairs.

Artigisa melanephele
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Hobart, Tasmania)

The caterpillar feeds on various types of Fungi, and the illustrated specimens were found and reared on some cultivated

  • Oyster Mushrooms ( Pleurotus ostreatus).

    Artigisa melanephele
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Hobart, Tasmania)

    The caterpillar grows to a length of about 5 cms.

    Artigisa melanephele
    cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Hobart, Tasmania)

    It pupates in a cocoon covered in bits of fungus.

    Artigisa melanephele
    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Hobart, Tasmania)

    Artigisa melanephele
    (Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

    The adult moth is a splotchy brown all over. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    Artigisa melanephele
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

    The species has been found in

  • New Zealand,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Artigisa melanephele
    head
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Descriptions of new Genera and Species of Noctuidae,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 8, Volume 13 (1914), p. 206. No. 5747.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 8-9.


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    (updated 15 April 2013, 23 January 2015)