(also known as Notioplusia illustrata)
PLUSIINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)
The Caterpillar of this species normally feeds on
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
and was introduced deliberately from Colombia into Queensland, but now sadly appears to have died out in Australia.
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 328, No. 1137.
(updated 21 July 2010, 24 March 2014)