Proteuxoa callimera (Lower, 1897)
(one synonym: Ariathisa chionopasta Hampson, 1909)
AMPHIPYRINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa callimera
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Ariathisa chionopasta,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume VII (1908), Plate CXXXI, fig. 32,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

These caterpillars have been found feeding on plant species in the family CHENOPODIACEAE under sand.

The moths of this species have reddish-brown forewings, each with a pale marginal band. The hindwings are pale with dark veins.

This species occurs in

  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading

    George Francis Hampson,
    Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 8 (1909), pp. 393-394, No. 4058, and also Plate 131, fig. 32.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 21 (1897), pp. 51-52.


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