page contains pictures and information about moths and caterpillars in subfamily
ACRONICTINAE - AMPHIPYRINAE that
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Caterpillar length 25mm
in this subfamily are
called Cutworms and some called Armyworms. Cutworms live in soil surface.
They bite off young plants at ground level and pull them into their burrow.
Armyworms eat their way across like an army on the march.
- The adults of this two subfamilies, ACRONICTINAE and
AMPHIPYRINAE, cannot not be readily separated from each other. Sometimes
this two subfamilies are treated as one subfamily.
- Lawn Armyworm
- Spodoptera mauritia, body length 20mm
- The adult moth is brown in colour with brown pattern on the forewings. They
are common in Brisbane bush and garden. The moth is preyed on by Bird-dropping
Spiders. Their eggs were laid on the painted wall of a
house, as a hairy irregular mass. Their caterpillars are green when young and become brown in colour with
two rows of black dots on the back. There are more information and
pictures in this page.
- Lily Caterpillar Moth
- Spodoptera picta, body length 20mm
- The caterpillars are known as Lily Caterpillar. They feed on garden plant
Spider Lily Hymenocallis littoralis. The moth has a wingspan of
about 40mm, brown in colour with a pattern on the fore wings. The hind wings are
silvery white. Click here for more information
- Green Blotched Moth
- Cosmodes elegans, body length 20mm
- We found quit a number of them in our backyard during early summer, but
seldom see them in other season. This moths is easy to be identified. They
are brown in colour with green patterns edged with white on their wings.
When at rest on plants, they are not easily be noticed. The caterpillar is
hairless and green in colour.
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