Idalima aethrias (Turner, 1908)
(one synonym : Idalima cyanobasis Hampson, 1910)
AGARISTINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The forewings of the adult moths are black, each with pale greenish blue patches, arcs of blue spots, and a broken white diagonal band. The hindwings are black, each with a large pale greenish blue basal area. The abdomen is blue, with an yellow tuft of hair on the tail. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

The species occurs in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 9 (1910), p. 460, No. 4941.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera of the families Noctuidae and Pyralidae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 32 (1908), p. 55.


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    (written 7 June 2019)