Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Tiracola plagiata 

Tiracola plagiata NOCTUINAE NOCTUIDAE 

A very common pest internationally on a large variety of plants.
Here are the ones most likely on our place.
Red Cedar ( Toona australis, MELIACEAE ),
Banana ( Musa acuminata, MUSACEAE ),
Gum Tree young growth ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ),
Wing span about 50mm.


 Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- NOCTUINAE
Genus:- Tiracola
Species:- plagiata


The colour of the adult moth can vary from light to dark.















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Zalissa catocalina AGARISTINAE NOCTUIDAE

One site quotes a very similar species, Zalissa pratti, as a synonym while another includes it as a sub species, Zalissa catocalina pratti.
The larvae are said to feed on grape vines but when I chased down the source quoted I could find no reference to them feeding on grape vines.

They are another moth that often lands with its wings upright.



Family:- NOCTUIDAE
Sub Family:- AGARISTINAE
Genus:- Zalissa
Species:- catocalina





















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