Pisara hyalospila Hampson, 1914
(previously known as Necla hyalospila)
NOLINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pisara hyalospila
(Photo: courtesy of Richard Llewellyn, Samford, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are green with tufts of transparent hairs, and a white dorsal line edged in red dashes. The first pair of dorsal prolegs is missing on the third abdominal segment.

Pisara hyalospila
(Photo: courtesy of Richard Llewellyn, Samford, Queensland)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on:

  • Blue Quandong ( Elaeocarpus grandis, ELAEOCARPACEAE ),

    sometimes completely defoliating a tree.

    Pisara hyalospila
    (Photo: courtesy of Richard Llewellyn, Samford, Queensland)

    The pupa is formed in a cocoon attached to a twig or branch, and is completely covered in bark.

    Pisara hyalospila
    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The adult moth of this species is grey with a zigzag lines across each fore wing. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Pisara hyalospila
    (Photo: courtesy of Richard Llewellyn, Samford, Queensland)

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland.

    Pisara hyalospila
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Richard Llewellyn, Samford, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Amatidae and Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae),
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Supplement Volume 1 (1914), p. 389, No. 2a.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 171.


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    (updated 1 June 2013)