Cruria tropica (T.P. Lucas, 1891)
(one synonym : Agarista platyxantha Meyrick, 1891)
AGARISTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Cruria tropica
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Cruria platyxantha
,
Arctiadæ and Agaristidæ, Volume III (1901), Plate LII, figure 1,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The adult moth of this species is black, with pale yellow patches on the forewings, and a broad ragged pale yellow arc on each hindwing. The abdomen is banded in black and yellow. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

The species is found in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading:

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Arctiadae and Agaristidae,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Volume 3 (1901), p. 548, No. 42, and also Plate 52, figure 1.

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On Queensland and other Australian Macro-Lepidoptera, with Localities and Descriptions of new Species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1890), pp. 302-303.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 14 (1891), p. 194.


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    (written 9 February 2015)