Scar Bank Gem
(formerly known as Plusia limbirena)
PLUSIINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Tonton Bernardo)
This Caterpillar is green, often with thin pale lines along the body, and a curved black stripe each side of its head.
The six true-legs under the thorax appear to be transparent. The caterpillar is missing the first two pairs of prolegs, so walks in a looper fashion.
It has been found feeding on plants in many families, including
The caterpillar pupates in a green pupa in an fluffy white cocoon, under a leaf of the foodplant.
The adult moth has grey or brown forewings, each with a complex silver 'Y' near the middle, and a pale patch at the middle of the margin. The hindwings are off-white shading to brown at the margins. There are bunched hairs on the thorax. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The species is found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia, including:
and in Australia in
Further reading :
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 350, No. 1179.
(written 12 January 2023, 15 June 2023)