Ctenoplusia albostriata (Bremer & Grey, 1853)
(one synonym : Abrostola subchalybaea Walker, 1865)
PLUSIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are green pseudo-loopers. They have sparse hairs with white tips. The caterpillars feed on various members of the family ASTERACEAE. The specimen above was found on

  • Flaxleaf Fleabane ( Conyza bonariensis ),

    but the caterpillars have been recorded on plants from other families, including:

  • Chinese Lantern Tree ( Dichrostachys cinerea, FABACEAE ).

    The caterpillars grow to a length of about 3 cms., and pupate in a loose cocoon in a curled up leaf.


    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)

    The adults are fawn with a prominent white bar diagonally across each forewing. They have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The sex attractant pheromones of this moth have been elucidated.


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

    The species is found all over south-east Asia and the west Pacific, including:

  • Borneo,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Pakistan,
  • Papua,

    and Australia, in:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Western Australia.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Otto Bremer & William Grey,
    Beiträge zur schmetterlings-fauna des Noerdlichen China's,
    St. Petersburg, 1853, p. 18.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.14, p. 459.


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    (updated 2 September 2012)