Praxis dirigens Walker, 1858
(one synonym : Praxis alampeta Turner, 1904)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Praxis dirigens
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

These adult moths are a speckled dark brown forewings. The hindwings are plain grey with a dark scalloped marginal line, and each has a white band across the middle. The undersides of all the wings are grey with a white band across the middle and a dark scalloped marginal line. Their wingspan is about 3 cms.

Praxis dirigens
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species occurs in :

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

    Praxis dirigens
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 15 (1858), p. 1801, ref. 1088.


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    (written 25 July 2012, updated 3 February 2014)