Heterorta plutonis (T.P. Lucas, 1895)
(one synonym : Micraeschus diacaustus Turner, 1902)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

Heterorta plutonis
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has pale patchy brown forewings, each with an orange-ish area around the wingtip, a white spot near the middle, and two pale yellow marks on the costa. The hindwings are plain brown. Each forewing wingtip is strongly rounded into a blunt hook, and there is a cusp on each forewing margin. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Heterorta plutonis
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Australian Lepidoptera : thirty new species
    ,
    Transactions of the Natural History Society of Queensland,
    Volume 1 (1895), pp. 109-110.


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    (written 19 October 2014, updated 3 June 2017, 7 September 2019, 29 August 2020)