Leucogonia ekeikei (Bethune-Baker, 1906)
(previously known as Zalissa ekeikei)
AGARISTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with broad muddled band along the outer and inner margins. The hindwings have a black outer half, and a yellow basal half. The head and thorax are black with a dorsal stripe of pale brown scales. The abdomen is yellow with a black dorsal stripe. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

In its natural posture the forelegs are stretched out in front of the body, showing the black furry femurs and tibias, and the naked tarsi. The wings are closed giving the moth a tetrahedral shape.

The species is found in

  • New Guinea

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Noctuidae from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 13 (1906), p. 211, No. 53.

    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.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 190.


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    (updated 13 November 2010)