(one synonym : Platyptilia lantana Busck, 1914)
PTEROPHORINAE , PTEROPHORIDAE , PTEROPHORIOIDEA
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley
These Caterpillars are buff with dark brown heads. They were introduced from Mexico into Hawaii in 1902, and later into Australia to control
It has also been reported to feed on many other plants in VERBENACEAE including:
as well as plants in other families such as:
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)
The species originated in the
and now occurs in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 72.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 30 (1864), p. 933, No. 13.
(updated 3 May 2011)