Chrysomesia lophoptera (Turner, 1940)
(formerly known as Heterallactis lophoptera)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chrysomesia lophoptera
female
(Photo: courtesy of Dave Britton, of the Australian Museum, and the Australian National Insect Collection)

The adult female moths of this species have yellow forewings, each with a very broad patchy pale brown band along the margin. The hindwings are plain pale brown with a broad silvery streak along part of the costa. The head is yellow, and the rest of the body pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Chrysomesia lophoptera
male
(Photo: courtesy of Dave Britton, of the Australian Museum, and the Australian National Insect Collection)

The male moths have a brown streak along the costa of each forewing, and a yellow tuft hairs on the tip of the abdomen.

The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    A revision of the Australian Arctiidae (Lepidoptera),
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 51 (1940), p. 117, No. 67.


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    (written 11 June 2017)