(also known as Diachrysia orichalcea Holloway, 1976)
PLUSIINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
The Caterpillar of this species is a green looper with a yellow dorsal line. It is a global agricultural pest on
and in Sydney it is a garden pest on :
It is known to feed on a number of plants for example:
The forewings of the adult moth are brown, and each has a beautiful golden patch. The hind wings are fawn coloured, darkening towards the margins. It has a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species occurs widely, for example in
The pheromones for this species have been determined. As an agricultural pest, attempts are being made to control it using:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 22.1, pp. 65, 460.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
1775, p. 607, No. 70.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 166.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 197.
(updated 10 August 2011, 12 March 2015)