Olyssa calamitosa Walker, 1858
(one synonym : Eudesmeola inscripta Turner, 1932)
CALPINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings, each with a pattern of dark markings, including a dozen or so dark spots along the costa, several dark transverse zigzag lines, and a striking dark submarginal scalloped arc. The hindwings are brown with similar but vaguer markings. The wings have slightly scalloped margins. The wingspan is up to 4 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Western Australia, and
  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 56 (1932), p. 181.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 15 (1858), p. 1854, No. 7.


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    (written 12 May 2019)