Xanthograpta purpurascens (Hampson, 1910)
(previously known as Micrapatetis purpurascens)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Xanthograpta purpurascens
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has shiny purplish-brown forewings each with a broad ragged well-defined dark band across the middle. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Xanthograpta purpurascens
female, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Micrapatetis purpurascens
,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum, Noctuidæ, Volume IX (1910), Plate CXLVI, fig. 21,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 9 (1910), p. 454, No. 4931, and also Plate 146, fig. 21.


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    (updated 21 April 2011)