Rhesalides curvata (T.P. Lucas, 1895)
(one synonym : Magulaba nigra Bethune-Baker 1906)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth of this species is brown with a variable dark line or band across each forewing, and one or more variable vague dark subterminal arcs on each hindwing.

Rhesalides curvata
underside (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The undersides are vague versions of the upper surfaces. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Rhesalides curvata
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The moths have been found in

  • Cook Islands,
  • Fiji,
  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Rhesalides curvata
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Eublemma curvata,
    ,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon, Volume IX (1893), Plate CLIII, figure 22,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Australian Lepidoptera : thirty new species,
    Transactions of the Natural History Society of Queensland,
    Volume 1 (1895), p. 115.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 150.


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    (written 24 March 2014)