(previously known as Erastria destituta)
HYPENINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Hobart, Tasmania)
This caterpillar is pale brown, with black spots and pale yellow warts carrying sparse hairs.
The caterpillar feeds on various types of Fungi, and the illustrated specimens were found and reared on some cultivated
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 5 cms.
It pupates in a cocoon covered in bits of fungus.
The adult moth is a splotchy brown all over. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species has been found in
and also in Australia in
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.
Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 8-9.
(updated 15 April 2013, 23 January 2015)