Euchromia lurlina Butler, 1888
(one synonym : Euchromia intensa Rothschild, 1916)
EUCHROMIINI,   CTENUCHINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Drawing by Arthur G. Butler
,
Notes on the species of the Lepidopterous genus Euchromia,
with descriptions of new species in the collection of the British Museum<,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1888, Part 1, Plate 4, fig. 3.
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries..

The adult moth of this species rather resembles a wasp. Its wings are basically black, with transparent spots on each wing. There is a bluish comma-shaped mark near the centre of each forewing. There are transverse black and pale yellow, red, and blue bands on the abdomen. The wingspan is about 4 cms. The hind wings are only about half the span of the forewings.


Drawing by Embrik Strand,
,
Hylaethea-Euchromia, Indo-Australian Bombyces and Sphinges,
in Adalbert Seitz (ed.): The Macrolepidoptera of the World,
Stuttgart : Alfred Kernen Verlag, Volume 10 (1933), Plate 12, fig. g4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

The species has been found on

  • Vulcan Island, New Guinea

    as well as in Australia on

  • Thursday Island, Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Notes on the species of the Lepidopterous genus Euchromia, with descriptions of new species in the collection of the British Museum,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1888, Part 1, p. 110, No. 3, and also Plate 4, fig. 3.

    Lionel Walter Rothschild,
    On the Lepidoptera in the Tring Museum sent by Mr. A. S. Meek from the Admirality Islands, Dampier and Vulcan Islands,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 23, Part 3 (1916), p. 319.


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    (written 24 August 2018)