Eastern Streaked Looper
(one synonym : Abrostola subchalybaea Walker, 1865)
PLUSIINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(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
but the caterpillars have been recorded on plants from other families, including:
The caterpillars grow to a length of about 3 cms., and pupate in a loose cocoon in a curled up leaf.
The adults are fawn with a prominent white bar diagonally across each forewing. The moths have a large brown tuft on the thorax, and smaller tufts on the abdomen.
The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The sex attractant pheromones of this moth have been elucidated.
The species is found all over south-east Asia and the west Pacific, including:
as well as Australia, in:
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.
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 8-9.
(updated 2 September 2012, 17 April 2018, 10 December 2020)