Ceryx sphenodes (Meyrick, 1886)
(previously known as Agaphthora sphenodes)
SYNTOMIINI,   CTENUCHINAE,   ARCTIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ceryx sphenodes
mating pair
(Photo: courtesy of
Richard Seaman, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is black with transparent windows in the wings and has a black and yellow banded abdomen. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms. The hind wings are only about half the span of the forewings.

The species is found in

  • Queensland.

    The adult moths of species in the genus Ceryx are similar to those of the closely related Amata but the hindwings of Ceryx lack some of the veins present in the hindwings of Amata species.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 439.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), p. 774, No. 117.


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    (updated 31 March 2004, 31 March 2014)