Metasada polycesta (Turner, 1902)
White-bar Moth
(formerly known as Zagira polycesta)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth has pale brown wings, each with a pattern including a pale grey stripe along the costa, a complex grey patch by the tornus, and several pale scalloped transverse lines. All the wing margins are slightly scalloped. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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

This species has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New genera and species of Lepidoptera belonging to the family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 27 (1902), p. 120.


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    (written 8 May 2019)