Cheliosea cosmeta (Lower, 1907)
Sombre Tiger Moth
(one synonym is Heliocaes xanthotypa Turner, 1940)
ARCTIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Cheliosea cosmeta
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 2)

The forewings of the adult moth of this species are greyish brown with indistinct pale submarginal bands. The hindwings are yellow, each with a greyishbrown spot near the middle, and a broad greyish brown margin. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The species is found inland in southern Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera with synomic notes - No. XXIV,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 31 (1907), pp. 170-171.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 28-29.


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    (updated 28 April 2013)