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


(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

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

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

    The eggs are white, and laid singly under the leaves. The early instars are greens with black spikes. They have some missing prolegs, and so move like loopers.


    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

    Later instars develop white markings.

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


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

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


    (oops: it should have 2 antennae)
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The eggs are white and spherical. They are laid individually on the underside of a leaf of a food plant.


    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Papua New Guinea,
  • Taiwan,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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)