Nigilgia adjectella Walker, 1863
PHYCODINAE,   BRACHODIDAE,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nigilgia adjectella
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

These adult moths have forewings which are mainly dark brown and covered in white dots, except that each trisected by two broad white-edged dark brown bands. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species has been found around the old-world tropics, including

  • China,
  • Kenya, and
  • Sierra Leone,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Although the genus Nigilgia seems corect, it is possible that the species of the Queensland specimen pictured above has been misidentified as the same as the African N. adjectella.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 28.13, p. 288.

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 512, No. 1.


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    (written 15 November 2018)