Burgena varia (Walker, 1854)
(formerly known as Damias varia)
AGARISTINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Burgena varia
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The adult moths of this species have dark brown with three white spots on each forewing. The hindwings are each yellow with a broad brown margin. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Burgena varia
underside
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species is found in

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Burgena varia
    ( Guyana, 2002)

    A similar species of the same name occurs in Guyana, but has yellow spots instead of white on the forewings, and red instead of yellow on the hindwings.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 122.

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 1 (1854), p. 15, No. 4.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 37.


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    (updated 19 October 2010)