Cremnophora angasii (Angas, 1847)
Crimson Beauty
(previously known as Agrista angasii)
AGARISTINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Cremnophora angasii
(Photo: courtesy of Katarina Stenman, Gluepot Reserve, South Australia)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on :

  • Mallee Blue-flower ( Halgania cyanea, BORAGINACEAE ).

    Cremnophora angasii
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moths of this species are dark brown, with a large white question mark and some white spots on each forewing. The forewings each have a row of red and white spots along the margin. The hindwings each have a plain white margin. There are pink tufts on the head and thorax, and the labial palps are pink. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    Cremnophora angasii
    showing pink bits
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

    The species is found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Cremnophora angasii
    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    George French Angas,
    South Australia Illustrated,
    in Braby and Olsen:
    A Flutter of Butterflies,
    Thomas McLean, London, 1847, Part 7, Plate 37.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 463, pl. 22.20.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 34-35.


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    (updated 9 July 2007, 23 April 2018)