Bagada turpisoides (Poole, 1989)
(previously known as Perigea turpis Guenée, 1852)
AMPHIPYRINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The forewings of the adult moth are a patchy green and brown, each with a vague dark diagonal line extending from the wingtip to halfway along the hind-margin. The hindwings are pale brown shading rusty at the margins. The hindwing margins each have a rounded elbow. The green colour fades to brown in dead specimens. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

The species occurs in :

  • Papua,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    The name Perigea turpis assigned by Warren could not be used as it had been used by Guenée for a South American species, so Poole renamed the Australasian species Bagada turpisoides.


    Further reading :

    Robert W. Poole, Noctuidae,
    Lepidopterorum Catalogus 118 (New Series),
    Parts 1–3 (1989) p. 787.

    William Warren,
    New Noctuidae in the Tring Museum mainly from the Indo-Oriental Region,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 19 (1912), p. 34, No. 73.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5 (1852), p. 232, No. 375.


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    (written 5 June 2019)