Euchromia creusa (Linnaeus, 1758)
(one synonym : Glaucopis ganymede Doubleday, 1846)
EUCHROMIINI ,   CTENUCHINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Euchromia creusa
(Photo: courtesy of James Adam, Cairns, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species rather resembles a wasp. Its wings are basically black, with transparent spots on each wing. There is a blue comma-shaped mark near the centre of each forewing. There are transverse black and red bands on the body. The wingspan is about 5 cms. The hind wings are only about half the span of the forewings.

Euchromia creusa
(Photo: courtesy of James Adam, Cairns, Queensland)

The species is found over the south Pacific including

  • Bouganville,
  • Fiji, and
  • Vanuatu,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Euchromia creusa
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 438.

    Peter Hendry,
    Report on an afternoon identifying the Arctiinae,
    Metamorphosis Australia Issue 66 (September 2012), p. 35,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Carl Linnaeus,
    Insecta Lepidoptera,
    Systema Naturae,
    Edition 10, Volume 1 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 494, No. 34.


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    (updated 27 April 2008, 28 January 2016)