Proteuxoa melodora (Lower, 1902)
Oblique Noctuid
(one synonym : Prometopus malacopis Lower, 1902)
AMPHIPYRINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa melodora
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The forewings of the adult moth each have a brown pattern, including a pale boomerang-shaped mark near the middle, and a pale irregular band along the margin. The hindwings are off-white, darkening toward the wing-tips, with dark veins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

The species occurs in Australia in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1902), pp. 645-646.

    Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
    Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 18-19.


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    (written 2 January 2021)