Proteuxoa sarcomorpha (Lower, 1902)
(previously known as Prometopus sarcomorpha)
AMPHIPYRINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Proteuxoa sarcomorpha
(Photo: courtesy of Andrew Mitchell, Australian Museum)

The forewings of the adult moth each have a pattern of light and dark brown, including four zigzag transverse lines. The hind wings are brown darkening at the magins, with dark veins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

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

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

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume VIII (1909), Plate CXXXI, figure 18,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 8 (1909), pp. 380-381, No. 4039, and also Plate 131, fig. 18.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1901), pp. 646-647.


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    (written 12 December 2011, updated 22 August 2019)