Argyrogramma signata (Fabricius, 1775)
(one synonym : Plusia diminuta Walker, 1865)
PLUSIINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

These caterpillars feed on the foliage of many plants, including

  • Gum Trees (Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moth has brown forewings, each with two white-outlined pale green spots near the middle, and a gold mark near the middle of the hind-margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    This species occurs across much of the world, including

  • Papua,
  • Philippines,
  • Reunion,
  • Sierra Leone,
  • South Africa,
  • Taiwan,
  • Tonga,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Tome 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 81, No. 234.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 166.


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    (written 14 October 2008, updated 21 January 2019)