Neumichtis spumigera, Green Cutworm

Green Cutworm, Neumichtis spumigera

cf.
Early April 2013
Franklin
Attracted to light.
Green Cutworm, Neumichtis cf. spumigera

cf.
Early January 2013
Franklin
Attracted to light.
Green Cutworm, Neumichtis cf. spumigera Neumichtis sp.

Reared moth:
August 5 2017
Collected from urban garden.
Hobart
The caterpillar fed on Nasturtium, a brassica weed, iceberg lettuce.
Green Cutworm, Neumichtis spumigera (larva)
August 10 2017
Same caterpillar but later instar
Green Cutworm, Neumichtis spumigera (reared larva)
August 13 2017

August 14 2017
Due to the shiny rounded look substrate such as soil, sticks and litter were added to the tank to work out what it needed for pupation.

August 17 2017
The caterpillar had built a retreat in soil. It fed overnight and returned to the retreat during the day.

August 19 2017
Caterpillar in retreat, and removed from it.

August 22 2017
The cocoon covered in dirt and debris

September 28 2017
Emergence hole
It may be a coincidence but the soil was sprayed with water for the first time, 2 days before.

Discarded pupal exuvium. Note the shed caterpillar head to the upperleft. I think the pupal genitalia indicate male?


The caterpillar head.


September 28 2017
The moth.
Green Cutworm, Neumichtis spumigera (reared moth)
Once released to the same patch of garden where the caterpillar was collected the moth stayed still on the soil and made an inconvenient and rapid running exit to hide in the vegetation. It made no attempt to fly.