Prorocopis euxantha Lower, 1902
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley

Prorocopis euxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth has fawn forewings covered with intricate patterns of dark lines. The hindwings are yellow, with a dark border. The head carries a crest of dark scales. The moth has a wing span of about 3 cms.

Prorocopis euxantha
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

This species may be found over most of Australia, including

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Prorocopis euxantha
    specimen collected on the Gippsland Lakes in February
    (Photo: copyright Peter Marriott)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.2, p. 450.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1901), p. 657.

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


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    (updated 13 April 2013)