Micraeschus rufipallens Warren, 1913
(one synonym : Micraeschus curvifascia Warren, 1913)
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth has pale brown forewings suffused with lilac, each with a pattern including dark-edged areas at the base, along the costa, and along the margin. The forewings each have a recurved tip and an angular margin. All the wing margins are slightly scalloped. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Micraeschus rufipallens
female, drawing by William Warren,

Noctuiform Phalaenae: Erastrianae, in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
Volume 11: The Macrolepidoptera of the Indo-Australian Fauna, Plate 24, row a2,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

This species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    William Warren,
    Noctuiform Phalaenae: Erastrianae,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Volume 11: The Macrolepidoptera of the Indo-Australian Fauna,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag (1913), p. 207, and also Plate 24, row a, items 2, 3..


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    (written 8 May 2019)