Anomis lyona (Swinhoe, 1919)
(previously known as Cosmophila lyona)
CALPINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species is pale brown, with a number of darker submarginal lines and a dark-edged pale spot in the middle of each forewing. The forewing margins have a well developed cusp at the midway point.


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

The species is superficially similar to Anomis flava but differs in being generally paler, and the males having shorter bipectinations on the antennae.

The species has been found in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and the West Pacific, including

  • Samoa,
    as well as in Australia in
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Norfolk Island.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 449.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 125.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    On the geographical distribution of the genus Cosmophila, a Noctuid of the family Gonopteridae,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 9, Volume 3 (1919), p. 311, and also Plate 10, fig. 5.


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    (updated 30 June 2012)