Utetheisa aegrotum (Swinhoe, 1892)
(one synonym : Nyctemera mckieana T.P.Lucas, 1898)
ARCTIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Utetheisa aegrotum
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is dark brown with some white spots and a white bar across each forewing, and a large white basal patch on each hindwing. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

Utetheisa aegrotum
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species is found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Utetheisa aegrotum
    female, drawing by Charles Swinhoe, listed as Leptosoma aegrotum,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Part 1: Sphinges and Bombyces (1892), Plate V, Fig. 15,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 18.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Sphinges and Bombyces,
    Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 1 (1892), p. 145, No. 676, and also Plate 5, Fig. 15.


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    (updated 18 June 2008, 28 March 2015)