Borbotana nivifascia Walker, 1858
(one synonym : Heterochroma leucographa Snellen, 1877)
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Borbotana nivifascia
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The forewings of this adult moth are dark brown, each crossed by two narrow irregular white bands. The hindwings are off-white shading to pale brown at the margins. The wing margins are all slightly scalloped. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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

The species occurs as several subspecies across south-east Asia, including :

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Malaysia,
  • New Guinea,
  • Solomons,
  • Sumatra,

    as well as Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Borbotana nivifascia
    drawing by Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen, listed as Heterochroma leucographa,

    Lepidoptera op Sumatra verzameld, Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, Volume 20 (1877), Plate 5, fig. 5a,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
    Lepidoptera op Sumatra verzameld, voornamelijk in Atchin, door J.J. Korndörffer, Kapitein 1ste Klasse, oud-Kommandant van het detachment mariniers in Atchin, met beschrijving van eeniger nieuwe soorten,
    Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 20 (1877), pp. 70-71, and also Plate 5, figs. 5 a,b,c,d.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 15 (1858), pp. 1651-1652, No. 1.

    William Warren,
    Noctuiform Phalaenae: Amphipyrinae,
    in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
    Volume 11: The Macrolepidoptera of the Indo-Australian Fauna,
    Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag (1913), p. 167..


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    (written 6 June 2019)