Trichoplusia lectula (Walker, 1858)
(one synonym : Argyrogramma longsigna Chou & Lu, 1979)
PLUSIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Melinda Moir, Department of Agriculture, Western Australia)

The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on :

  • Mint ( Mentha, LAMIACEAE ).


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

    The adult moths have forewings that are dark brown each with a pattern including a prominent cream line extending from near the base to near the tornus. The hind wings are pale brown fading to cream at the base. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    This species occurs in throughout Asia, including:

  • Borneo, and
  • Japan,

    and has been found in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 166.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 15 (1858), p. 1679.


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    (updated 17 September 2012)