Proteuxoa nuna (Guenée, 1868)
(previously known as Nitocris nuna)
ACRONICTINAE2,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa nuna
male
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

The forewings of the adult moth of this species each have a variable complex pattern of light and dark brown, consisting of a dark triangle containing a pale narrow crescent mark with a sort of forked distal end.

The hindwings are off-white shading to pale brown at the wing-tips, and with brown veins.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Victoria,
  • South Australia.

    There has been much confusion over the specimens of this species and Proteuxoa mesombra. But the original descriptions are clear, and comparison with the type specimens have shown it to be clear, that specimens illustrated in various webpages which are labelled with one of these names, may be labelled mistakenly.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    New species etc. of Heterocerous Lepidoptera from Canterbury, New Zealand, collected by Mr R.W. Fereday,
    Entomologist's Monthly Magazine,
    Volume 5 (1868), p. 6.


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    (written 8 December 2011, updated 22 August 2019, 8 June 2020)