Cosmodes elegans (Donovan, 1805)
(pewviuosly known as: Phalaena elegans)
Green Blotched Moth
ACRONICTINAENOCTUIDAE

Don Herbison-Evans ( donherbisonevans@yahoo.com )
&
Mike & Pat Coupar and Stella Crossley

(updated 5 July 2008)


(Photo from: "Flying Colours", Coupar & Coupar, 1992)

This Caterpillar is smooth and green, with a a pale line along each side, and small dark spiracles. The head is pale brown. The caterpillar has all its prolegs present.


(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne)

It has been found feeding on:

  • Australian Bluebell ( Wahlenbergia, CAMPANULACEAE ),
  • Lobelia ( Lobelia inflata, CAMPANULACEAE ), and
  • Verbena ( Verbena species, VERBENACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne)

    It grows to be rather tubby, to a length of about 3 cms.


    cocoon
    (Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne)

    It pupates in a thin cocoon amongst the leaves of the foodplant.


    The adult moth is brown with a sinuous green pattern on the forewings. The hindwings are pale brown, fading to white at the base.


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

    The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.


    eggs
    (Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne)

    The eggs are white and spherical, and are laid apparently rather loosely in small clusters on the foodplant, although they fall off very easily.


    (Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne)

    The species occurs over most of Australia, including Brisbane.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 460.

    Pat and Mike Coupar,
    Flying Colours, New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 69.


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