(one synonym : Spilosomia frenchii Lucas, 1898)
ARCTIINI, ARCTIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graham McDonald, taken in north Queensland))
The adult moth of this species has forewings that are off-white with black spots, sometimes with large brown patch. The hindwings and abdomen are red with variable black markings. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The species is found in Australia in
George F. Hampson,
Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Arctianae) and Agaristidae in the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 3 (1901), p. 269, No. 1715, and also Plate 44, figure 8.
Thomas P. Lucas,
Descriptions of Queensland Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 13 (1898), pp. 59-60.
Graham J. McDonald,
Moths of Tropical North Queensland,
Issue 75 (December 2014), pp. 7-12, Figure 5.
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. I,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), pp. 753-754, No. 92.
(written 2 February 2015, updated 18 February 2015)