Aloa costalis Walker, [1865]
(one synonym : Aloa corsina, Swinhoe, 1892)
ARCTIINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aloa costalis
male, drawing by Charles Swinhoe, listed as Aloa corsina
,
Catalogue of eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the Oxford University Museum,
Part 1: Sphinges and Bombyces (1892), Plate IV, Fig. 1,
Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth of this species has white or pale yellow forewings with black markings, including black marginal and submarginal arcs. The forewings also each have a red costa. The hindwings are white, each with a broad black margin and a large black spot on the middle. The moth has a red abdomen with black dorsal dashes. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Aloa costalis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The species is found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 13.

    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), pp. 171-172, No. 791, and also Plate 4, Fig. 1.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 31 (1865), p. 301.


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    (written 28 March 2015)