Ardices canescens

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Ardices canescens
Spilosoma canescens.jpg
Female imago
Spilosoma canescens caterpillar.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Ardices
Species: A. canescens
Binomial name
Ardices canescens
Butler, 1875

Spilosoma canescens (Butler, 1875)

Ardices canescens, the dark-spotted tiger moth or light ermine moth, is a moth in the family Erebidae that is found across most of Australia. It originally was included in the genus Spilosoma, but later the generic status of Ardices was proven.[1]

The larvae are polyphagous,[2] and are known to feed on Bidens pilosa, Helianthus annuus, Taraxacum officinale, Alcea rosea, Rosa odorata, Plantago,[3] Ricinus communis and Tradescantia albiflora.[2] The polyembrionic parasitoid wasp Copidosoma floridanurn sometimes uses this species of caterpillar as a host.[4]


  1. ^ Dubatolov, Vladimir V. (July 2005). "On the status of the Australian genus Ardices Walker, 1855 with the description of a new subgenus for A. curvata Donovan, 1805" (PDF). Atalanta. 36 (1/2): 173–179, 394–395 (colour plate 10). ISSN 0171-0079. 
  2. ^ a b H. A. Rose (1985). "The relationship between feeding specialization and host plants to aldrin epoxidase activities of midgut homogenates in larval Lepidoptera". Ecological Entomology. 10 (4): 455–467. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2311.1985.tb00744.x. 
  3. ^ Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley (October 30, 2008). "Spilosoma canescens". University of Technology, Sydney. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ John S. Noyes (1988). "Copidosoma truncatellum (Dalman) and C. floridanum (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae), two frequently misidentified polyembryonic parasitoids of caterpillars (Lepidoptera)". Systematic Entomology. 13 (2): 197–204. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.1988.tb00241.x. 

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