Family Noctuidae, Subfamily CATOCALINAE
- This page contains pictures and information about Grass Semi-looper Moths that we
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Typical Grass Semi-Looper Caterpillar
- The caterpillars in Catocalinae are usually smooth-skinned and lack of
hairs. They are long and slender.
Some of them have prolegs of segments 3, or 3 and 4 reduced and known as semi-looper.
They move in looping
- Caterpillars in Genus Mocis feed on grasses (Poaceae), include
sugar canes and rices.
- Sugarcane Looper Moth
- Mocis frugalis, wingspan 40mm
- When we walked across the Eucalyptus forests in Brisbane, we often
saw many of this moths. They hide among the grasses on the forest floor. When
disturbed, they flied to a meter away, and hind again in the grasses. Their
caterpillars are pale green or brown in colour, feed on various grasses and
Sugarcane. Check this page for more
- Triple-banded Looper Moth
- Mocis trifasciata, wingspan 45mm
- The moth is is brown in colour with three darker bands across each
forewing. It is quite common in Brisbane. It is usually hiding on short
grasses during the day, flies to a meter away when disturbed. For more
information please click on here.
- Pink Line Looper Moth
- Mocis sp., caterpillar length 50mm,
adult wingspan 45mm
- The moth is brown in
colour with a pinkish-brown band across each forewing. Under the band there is
a line of black dots. We found the caterpillar on summer 2004. Please check
this page for more information.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p912.
- 2. Moths
of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press,
- 3. CATOCALINAE
in Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2007.
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