Dichromia quinqualis Walker, 1859
(one synonym : Dichromia duplicalis Walker, 1859)
HYPENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These caterpillars are a pest on:

  • White Flowered Wax Plants ( Cynanchum elegans, APOCYNACEAE ).


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

    The adult moth has brown patterned forewings. The hindwings are yellow with dark brown margins. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    The species is found across the south Pacific, including:

  • Fiji,
  • Java,

    as well as Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 20.10, p. 448.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 163.

    Francis Walker,
    Deltoides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1859), p. 15, No. 4.

    Francis Walker,
    Deltoides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1859), p. 16, No. 6.


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    (updated 16 September 2010)