Utetheisa pellex (Linnaeus, 1758)
(one synonym : Deilemera albipuncta H. Druce, 1888)
ARCTIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Utetheisa pellex
(Photo: courtesy of Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle)

The adult moth of this species is dark brown with some white spots of various sizes on each forewing. The hindwings are white with a broad black border containg some white spots. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

Utetheisa pellex
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle)

The species is found in

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Herbert Druce,
    List of Lepidoptera Heterocera, with descriptions of the new species,
    collected by Mr. C.M. Woodford at Aola, Guadalcanar Island, Solomon Islands
    ,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1888, p. 573, No. 15.

    Carl Linnaeus,
    Insecta Lepidoptera,
    Systema Naturae,
    Edition 10, Volume 1 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 510, No. 75.


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    (written 17 March 2017)