(previously known as Caradrina paragypsa)
ACRONICTINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)
The adult moth of this species has basically grey forewings, each with a large dark triangle which contains a pale dot, and is bisected by a pale arc with a central dark line.
The hindwings are off-white, darkening toward the wing-tips. The thorax has two dark streaks. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.
The species has been found in:
The moths are easily confused with Proteuxoa chrysospila, but Proteuxoa chrysospila has a blunt, solid and undivided forewing reniform mark (i.e not divided into two lobes). Proteuxoa paragypsa also has pronounced dark tegulae forming a definite "T" shape from above.
Further reading :
George Francis Hampson,
Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 8 (1909), p. 392, No. 4055, and also Plate 131, fig. 29.
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of New Australian Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 26 (1901), p. 650. <
Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C),
Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 16-17.
(updated 12 April 2013, 22 August 2019, 22 December 2020, 23 April 2022)