Anadevidia peponis (Fabricius, 1775)
(one synonym : Plusia agramma Guenée, 1852)
PLUSIINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anadevidia peponis
early instar, magnified
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

The early instars are green with black spikes. They have some missing prolegs, and so move like loopers.

Later instars develop white markings.

Anadevidia peponis
later instar
(Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is a pest of plants in the family CUCURBITACEAE, such as:

  • Watermelon ( Citrullus lanatus ),
  • Cucumber ( Cucumis sativus ),
  • Butternut Squash ( Cucurbita moschata ),
  • Zuccini, Marrow, and Squash ( Cucurbita pepo ),
  • Bitter Melon ( Momordica chanrantia ), and
  • Chayote, Alligator Pear and Choco ( Sechium edule ).

    Anadevidia peponis
    pupa in broken cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

    The very pale brown pupa is formed in a sparse cocoon in a crevice or dry leaf.

    Anadevidia peponis
    (Photo: courtesy of Boris Branwhite, Wyong Shire, New South Wales)

    The moth is brown, with vague dark patches, and a golden sheen to its wings. It has a wingspan of about 4 cms. Its pheromones have been identified.

    Anadevidia peponis
    (Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

    The eggs are white and spherical, with a diameter of about 0.5 mm. They are laid individually on the underside of a leaf of a food plant.

    Anadevidia peponis
    eggs, magnified
    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Taiwan,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Anadevidia peponis
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    Anadevidia peponis
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.17, pp. 65, 460.

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
    Systema Entomologiae,
    1775, p. 608, No. 75.


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    (updated 14 October 2008, 22 December 2012, 5 July 2020, 7 July 2021)