Saroba albopunctata (Semper, 1901)
(formerly known as Capnodes albopunctata)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


monochrome drawing by Gorg Semper, listed as Capnodes albopunctata
,
Die Schmetterlinge der Philippinischen Inseln, Volume 2 (1901), Tafel XVII, fig. 9,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth of this species has brown wings each with marginal and submarginal arcs of white spots. The forewings also have white spots along the costa. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

The species has been found across south-east Asia, including

  • Borneo,
  • New Guinea,
  • Philippines,

    and also rarely in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    This species: Saroba albopunctata, is superficially indistinguishable from Saroba niphomacula in habitus photographs. Such photos taken in Australia are more likely to be of Saroba niphomacula.


    Further reading :

    Gorg Semper,
    Die Schmetterlinge der Philippinischen Inseln,
    Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen,
    Volume 2 (1901), pp. 587-588, No. 543, and also Plate 62, fig. 9.


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    (written 21 January 2019, updated 9 March 2019)