Soybean Looper, Slender Burnished Brass
(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.
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 8-9.
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, 5 July 2020)