Mimeusemia econia Hampson, 1900
synonyms :
(Mimeusemia regina Strand, 1912)
(Mimeusemia hedya Jordan, 1939)
AGARISTINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have dark reddish brown forewings each with 3 large white spots. The hindwings are dark brown, each with a large central white spot, and a white area around the base. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

The species has been found in Sulawesi,

as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • Christmas Island.

    Mimeusemia econia
    drawing by George Francis Hampson,
    ,
    Lepidoptera Phalaenae, British Museum (1900), Plate 9, fig. 7,
    in Charles W. Andrews,(ed.): A Monograph of Christmas Island (Indian Ocean),
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Lepidoptera Phalaenae,
    in Charles W. Andrews,(ed.). A Monograph of Christmas Island (Indian Ocean),
    London : British Museum (1900), pp. 64-65, No. 5, and also Plate 9, fig. 7.

    Karl Jordan,
    On some old-world Agaristidae (Lepid.),
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 41 (1939), p. 248.

    Embrik Strand,
    Noctuidae: Agaristinae.
    Lepidopterorum Catalogus,
    Volume 5 (1912), p. 26.

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    (written 7 June 2019)