Autoplusia illustrata (Guenée, 1852)
(also known as Notioplusia illustrata)
PLUSIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

The Caterpillar of this species normally feeds on

  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBENEACEAE ),

    which is an unwanted weed in Australia. So during 1974-1976, the species was introduced into Australia in the hope that it might help control the weed.

    The adult moth has brown forewings, each with a pale line and a red splodge. The hindwings are fawn shading darker toward the margin. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

    This species occurs naturally in

  • Central America and
  • the Caribbean,

    and was introduced deliberately from Colombia into Queensland, but now sadly appears to have died out in Australia.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 328, No. 1137.


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    (updated 21 July 2010, 24 March 2014)