Oraesia argyrosigna Moore, 1884
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Dominic Funnell, Yorkeys Knob, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are purplish brown, with various dark lines criss-crossing the wings. The outer and inner margins of the forewings both have a doubly recurved wave shape. The hindwings are pale brown shading darker at the margins. The wingspan is about 5 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of Dominic Funnell, Yorkeys Knob, Queensland)

The species has been found across south-east Asia, including in

  • Sri Lanka,
  • Taiwan,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    male, drawing by Frederic Moore, The Lepidoptera of Ceylon
    ,
    L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1884), Plate 153, fig. 4,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Frederic Moore,
    The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
    L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1884), p. 77, and also Plate 153, fig. 4.


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    (written 5 August 2015)