Ozarba chrysaspis (Meyrick, 1891)
(one synonym : Metachrostis epichroma Turner, 1902)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ozarba chrysaspis
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that have a pale brown area at the base, and an orange-brown area at the margin, the areas separated by a broad irregular black band. The hindwings are orange-brown with a broad dark margin. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Ozarba chrysaspis
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume X (1910), Plate CLX, fig. 20,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species is found over much of Australia, including:

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 10 (1910), p. 405, No. 5607, and also Plate 160, fig. 20.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 14 (1891), p. 197.


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    (updated 9 August 2011)