Periscepta butleri (Swinhoe, 1892)
(one synonym : Cruria hemiphragma Lower, 1903)
AGARISTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Periscepta butleri
drawing by Charles Swinhoe, listed as Phalaenoides butleri
,
Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
Part 1: Sphinges and Bombyces (1892), Plate IV, Fig. 6,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth is black with white spots of various sizes scattered all over the forewings, and a big white spot in the middle of each hindwing. The body is black with an orange tuft on the end of the abdomen.

The species occurs in Australia in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), p. 157, No. 723, and also Plate 4, Fig. 6.


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    (written 29 March 2015)