(one synonym : Plusia agramma Guenée, 1852)
PLUSIINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is a pest of plants in the family CUCURBITACEAE, such as:
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.
Later instars develop white markings.
The pupa is formed in a sparse cocoon in a crevice or dry leaf.
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.
The eggs are white and spherical. They are laid individually on the underside of a leaf of a food plant.
The species occurs across south-east Asia, including
and in Australia in
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,
1775, p. 608, No. 75.
(updated 14 October 2008, 22 December 2012)