(one synonym : Risoba grisea Bethune-Baker, 1906)
SARROTHRIPINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
drawing by Frederic Moore, The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), Plate 144, fig. 2c,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.
These Caterpillars are purplish-brown, with pale streaks along the body, and a hump on the tail. They have have been recorded on plants from many families, including:
The cocoon is dark purple, and is smoothly attached to a stem.
The adult moth of this species is greyish-brown with a dark subterminal line and a number of dark marks toward the tip of each forewing. The hindwings are buff coloured with broad dark margins. The males have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species has been found across south-east Asia, including
and Australia in
Further reading :
Descriptions of new genera and species of Asiatic nocturnal Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
1881, pp. 328-329.
The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), p. 2, and also Plate 144, fig. 2.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 172, listed as Risoba grisea.
(updated 29 October 2011, 1 May 2016, 15 August 2019)