(previously known as Selepa vitea)
SARROTHRIPINAE, NOLIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are green and smooth. They often rest by day on the underside of a leaf of the foodplant. They have been found feeding on the young leaves of plants in a variety of families including
The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon usually on the underside of a leaf. The cocoon has a peak at the head and a double tail of silk.
The adult moth of this species has forewings that are grey-brown, each with variable dark markings including a vaguely double dark band across the middle. The hindwings are white shading to brown at the edges. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species occurs across south-east Asia, including
ans also in Australia in
On the Lepidoptera of Bombay and the Deccan,
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
1885, p. 460, No. 107, and also Plate 27, fig. 17.
(written 21 November 2012, updated 8 October 2013)