Proteuxoa passalota (Hampson, 1909)
Blotched Noctuid
(also known as Prometopus passalota Turner, 1909)
ACRONICTINAE2,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa passalota
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Koch, Riverglades, South Australia)

The forewings of the adult moth each have a pattern of light and dark brown, including a pale streak along the costa, and one tiny and one large subcostal off-white spots. The hindwings are pale brown, fading toward the bases, with dark veins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

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

The species occurs in Australia, including:

  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Proteuxoa passalota
    female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Omphaletis passalota,

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume VIII (1909), Plate CXXXI, figure 13,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading:

    George F. Hampson,
    Noctuidae,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 8 (1909), p. 376, No. 4033, and also Plate CXXXI, figure 13.

    Peter Marriott & Marilyn Hewish,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 9,
    Cutworms and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (C)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2020, pp. 16-17.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera belonging to the family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of The Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 34 (1909), p. 342.


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    (updated 22 October 2011, 22 August 2019, 13 May 2020)