August 17, 2018

Neumichtis nigerrima

This Caterpillar is initially green with pale stripes. Later the stripes are replaced by speckles with two bright yellow spots on the last abdominal segment. Mature instars mat be brown.

It is an agricultural pest, attacking

 

  • Turnips ( Brassica rapaBRASSICACEAE ),
  • Sugar Beet ( Beta vulgarisCHENOPODIACEAE ),
  • Potato ( Solanum tuberosumSOLANACEAE).
  • Clover ( TrifoliumFABACEAE ), and
  • Grass pasture ( POACEAE ).

 

The forewings of the adult moth vary from dark brown to black. On the paler specimens, a pattern of light and dark brown may be discernible. The hind wings pale with wide black borders. It has a wingspan of about 4 cms.The species occurs across Australia, including:

  • New South Wales,
  • Queensland,
  • Tasmania,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.

 

 

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