Asura bipars (Walker, 1865)
(previously known as Stonia habrotis)
LITHOSIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Asura bipars
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This species has adult moths are black with a pattern of yellow spots on each forewing, and a large single yellow spot in the middle of each hindwing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Asura bipars
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

In its natural posture with the forewings covering the hindwings, the forewing black areas are aligned to make complete black bars at right angles to the body, perhaps providing disruptive camouflage.

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Asura bipars
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

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

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 31, Supplement part 1 (1865), p. 187.


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    (updated 29 August 2012, 16 October 2017)