Eublemma anachoresis (Wallengren, 1863)
(formerly known as Xanthoptera anachoresis)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eublemma anachoresis
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are reported to feed on:

  • Sleepy Morning ( Waltheria americana, STERCULIACEAE ).

    Eublemma anachoresis      Eublemma anachoresis
    (Photos: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths have forewings which each have a yellow basal half, and a red or brown marginal half, with a black line separating the halves.

    Eublemma anachoresis
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The hindwings fade smoothly from brown at the margins to off-white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Eublemma anachoresis
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The underside is pale brown with a vague irregular dark band across the underside of each forewing.

    Eublemma anachoresis
    (Photo: copyright of Uwe Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)

    The species occurs from southern Africa to the Pacific, including:

  • Fiji,
  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Society Island,
  • Swaziland,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland , and
  • northern New South Wales.


    male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Thalpochares accedens,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CVIII, Fig. 8,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (4) (1874), p. 19, and also Plate 108, fig. 8. (listed as Thalpochares accedens)

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma
    Lepidoptera: Moths,
    Volume 2 (1894), p. 341, No. 2125. (listed as Eublemma divisa)

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), p. 20, No. 448. (listed as Eublemma divisa)

    Frederic Moore,
    The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
    L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1881), p. 53, and also Plate 150, fig. 10 (listed as Anthophila divisa).

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 21.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 114.

    Hans Daniel Johan Wallengren,
    Lepidopterologische Mittheilungen,
    Wiener Entomologische Monatsschrift,
    Volume 7 (1863), pp. 148-149, No. 23.


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    (updated 25 April 2010, 29 April 2014)