Symmetrodes sciocosma Meyrick, 1888
(one synonym : Asura ectophaea Hampson, 1900)
LITHOSIINAE ,   ARCTIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Symmetrodes sciocosma
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This species has adult moths with forewings that are yellow, sometimes with dark zigzag transverse lines, or even a complete brown shading. The hindwings are pale brown darkening toward the margins. The undersides of the wings are similar to the upper surfaces, but darker. The head and thorax are hairy and yellow. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Symmetrodes sciocosma
female, drawing by George F. Hampson,

Catalogue of the Arctiadæ (Nolinæ, Lithosianæ) in the Collection of the British Museum,
Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Volume II (1900), Plate XXV, fig. 15,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in :

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading:

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae) in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 2 (1900), p. 258, and also Plate 25, fig. 15.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 920.


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    (written 10 February 2013)