Hyperlopha cristifera (Walker, 1865)
(previously known as Ephyrodes cristifera)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hyperlopha cristifera
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult moth of this species has wings that are pale brown, with variable vague bands, sometimes with a number of dark dots near the tornus of each forewing. The forewings each have a hooked wingtip, and a cusp on the margin.

Hyperlopha cristifera
male, drawing: by George F. Hampson, listed as Zethes irrorata
,
The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
Part 9 (1893), Plate CLXV, fig. 12,
Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species occurs in

  • Malaysia,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1893), pp. 113-114, and also Part 9 (1893), Plate 165, fig. 12.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 33 (1855), p. 1071.


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    (updated 27 February 2011)