Omichlis hadromeres Turner, 1922
NOTODONTINAE,   NOTODONTIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Omichlis hadromeres
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is basically pale green and smooth.

Omichlis hadromeres
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

There is a broad darker green line edged with white along the back. The thorax is expanded, and has a pair of white-edged dark lines.

Omichlis hadromeres
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

The head has a pair of curved dark brown lines.

Omichlis hadromeres
head in close-up
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

The caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Australian Native Olive (Chionanthus ramiflora, OLEACEAE).

    The caterpillar grows to a length of about 4 cms.

    Omichlis hadromeres
    opened shelter, showing pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

    The pupa is formed in shelter composed of leaves joined with silk. The pupa has a length of about 2.3 cms.

    Omichlis hadromeres
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

    The adult moths are pale brown, each with variable markings often including a series of concentric dotted 'U' shaped lines around a complex dark mark near the middle on each forewing, a dark line along the middle, and a dark spot at the base.

    Omichlis hadromeres
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)

    The hindwings are brown, darken toward the margins. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

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

    The species occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Omichlis hadromeres
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    Omichlis hadromeres
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 176.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Saturniadae, Bombycidae, Eupterotidae, Notodontidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 47 (1922), p. 387, No. 62.


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    (written 24 December 2013, updated 5 November 2016, 8 October 2020, 28 March 2021)