(one synonym : Amphipyra laportei Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
SARROTHRIPINAE , NOLIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
This caterpillar is smooth and green, with a yellowish head, and a blueish tail. The caterpillar feeds on plants such as:
Early instars shelter under young leaves. Later instars lie along twigs for camouflage.
The pupa is formed in a yellow pear-shaped cocoon anchored by its four corners to a leaf.
The moth has grey forewings and bright orange hindwings. The forewings each have an indistinct dark line diagonally across them. The hindwings have a black margin. The wingspan is up to 4 cms.
The species is found across south-east Asia to the south Pacific, including:
and also in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 22.4, p. 458.
Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 2, and also Plate 111, fig. 28.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 171.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 13 (1858), p. 1215, No. 1.
(updated 14 February 2010, 9 June 2014)