Argyrolepidia aequalis (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Phalaenoides salomonis Rothschild, 1899)
AGARISTINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Argyrolepidia aequalis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are black, with a large white stripe across each forewing, although this is less marked in the male. The hindwings are black with two white spots. The abdomen is banded in black and white, and has a yellow tuft at the tip.

Argyrolepidia aequalis
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The species is found in

  • New Guinea

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    At the Light Trap: Records of daytime flying moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Agaristinae) and the genus Donuca (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae),
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 55 (December 2009), pp. 24-27,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 21.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 122.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 31, Supplement 1 (1864), p. 47.


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    (updated 14 February 2010)