Asota heliconia (Linnaeus, 1758)
(one synonym : Hypsa perimele Weymer, 1885)
AGANAIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Asota heliconia
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have black forewings with a long white triangle extending from the base. The hindwings are each white with three black spots and a broad black margin. The body is a contrasting yellow with black spots. The underside is similar to the upper surface. The wingspan is about 6 cms.

Asota heliconia underside
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Jan MacDonald, Mackay, Queensland)

This species is found across south-east Asia as various subspecies, in :

  • Borneo,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Phillipines,
  • Thailand,

    and also in Australia as subspecies dama (Fabricius, 1775) in

  • Queensland.

    Asota heliconia
    (Photo: courtesy of Roger Kendrick, Hong Kong)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 19.25, p. 442.

    Carl Linnaeus,
    Insecta Lepidoptera,
    Systema Naturae,
    Volume 1, Edition 10 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 511, No. 82.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 6.

    Gustav Weymer,
    Exotische Lepidopteren. III. Beitrag zur Lepidoperen-Fauna von Nias,
    Stettiner entomologische Zeitung
    Volume 46, Parts 4-6 (1885), pp. 275-276, and also Plate 2, fig. 3.


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    (updated 15 February 2013, 9 March 2015, 27 February 2016)