Hypocala guttiventris Walker, 1858
(one synonym : Hypocala tryphaenina Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each with a curvy pale band along the inner margin. The hindwings are yellow with brown markings, including a broad brown band along the margin. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


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

The adult moth is sometimes a pest on fruit. It pierces the fruit in order to suck the juice, allowing entry of fruit-rotting microorganisms.


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

The species occurs in

  • Queensland and
  • New South Wales.


    drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Hypocala tryphaenina
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2, Part 5 (1875), Plate CXII, fig. 20,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.17, p. 450.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 12, and also Plate 112, fig. 20.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 142.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 13 (1858), pp. 1176-1177, No. 10.


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    (updated 22 January 2010)