Notarcha aurolinealis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym is Lygropia quaternalis Zeller 1852)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Evan Harris, Ipswich, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is green with a brown head. It has been found in a shelter made by rolling a leaftip of its foodplant:

  • Paddy's Lucerne ( Sida rhombifolia, MALVACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

    The moth has white and yellow patterned wings with one black dot near the centre and three on the costa of each forewing. It has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.


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

    The species occurs (listed as Lygropia quaternalis) in

  • Hong Kong
  • India, and
  • Thailand.

    In Australia, specimens of this species have been caught in :

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 9.40, p. 356.

    Peter Hendry,
    A Night at Ray's,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 57 (June 2010), pp. 30-32,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 44.

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 17 (1859), pp. 478-479, No. 18.


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    (updated 30 January 2013, 2 December 2015)