Phytometra laevis (Swinhoe, 1901)
Margined Yellow
(previously known as Rhesala laevis)
CALPINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth of this species is very pretty. It is yellow, with a variable pink edge along the costa and margin of each forewing.

Phytometra laevis
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

Sometimes the forewings have a scattering of black marks. The hindwings are plain pale brown, shading darker at the margins, with a pink suffusion on the very edges. The head is pink with black eyes. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

The moths have been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    Phytometra laevis
    (Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 26-27.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 149.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    New genera and species of Eastern and Australian moths,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Volume 7 (1901), p. 501.


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    (updated 25 June 2011, 14 October 2014, 18 August 2019)