Phytometra formosalis (Walker, 1866)
(previously known as Rhodaria formosalis)
CALPINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phytometra formosalis
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is gold, with a maroon costa and margin to each forewing. Some specimens also have scattered black markings. The hindwings are pale brown shading to darker brown at the margins, with pink marginal hairs. The head has dark brown eyes. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

The moths have been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 34, Supplement 4 (1865), pp. 1284-1285.


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    (updated 13 April 2013)