Nola fasciata (Walker, 1866)
(previously known as Minnagara fasciata)
NOLINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These caterpillars are thought to feed on

  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBEACEAE ).

    Nola fasciata
    drawing by Charles Swinhoe, listed as Minnagara fasciata
    ,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Part 1: Sphinges and Bombyces (1892), Plate IV, fig. 20,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth of this species has forewings with an indistinct wavy pattern of shades of grey and brown. There are raised patches of scales at several places on the forewings. The hindwings are pale brown, fading to white at the base. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Nola fasciata
    female, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Nola nigrifasciata
    ,
    The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri District,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1891), Plate 139, fig. 15,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

    The species has been found in :

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Taiwan,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri District,
    Illustrations of type specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1891), pp. 48-49, and also Plate 139, fig. 15.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), p. 99, No. 437, and also Plate 6, fig. 20.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1903.


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    (written 17 November 2012, updated 28 March 2015)