Stictoptera cucullioides Guenée, 1852
(one synonym: Steiria variabilis Moore, 1882)
STICTOPTERINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Neil Hewit, Cooper Creek Wilderness, North Queensland)

This Caterpillar is brown with pale stripes, has an orange head, and has a little orange mark each side of the eight abdominal segment. The caterpillar is a pest on

  • Purple Mangosteen ( Garcinia mangostana )

    and has also been found feeding on :

  • Ironwood ( Mesua species), and
  • Poon Trees ( Calophyllum species),

    all in CLUSIACEAE.

    The caterpillar feeds on the foliage of its foodplant, feeding nocturnally,and hiding during the daytime. It festoons its food tree with silk threads.

    It pupates in a dense cocoon covered in detritus in the ground debris at the base of its foodplant.


    drawing by Herbert Druce, listed as Steiria variabilis
    ,
    List of Lepidoptera Heterocera collected by Mr C.M. Woodford at Suva, Viti Levu, Fijian Islands,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1888, Plate XIII, fig 3,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

    The adult moth has variable patchy brown forewings with scalloped margins. The hindwings are white, each having a broad brown margin.


    drawing by Herbert Druce, listed as Steiria variabilis
    ,
    List of Lepidoptera Heterocera collected by Mr C.M. Woodford at Suva, Viti Levu, Fijian Islands,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1888, Plate XIII, fig 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

    The species has been found across south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including

  • Hawaii,
  • Indonesia,
  • New Guinea
  • Taiwan,

    and Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 52, No. 1383.


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    (created 18 August 2012, updated 10 September 2015)