Ischyja neocherina (Butler, 1877)
(previously known as Potamophora neocherina)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Neil Hewett & Stella Crossley


female
(Photo: courtesy of Cooper Creek Wilderness, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings and hind wings that are white with a broad dark brown border. The male moths have brown bar with a complex pattern, often involving other colours, across each forewing. The females have a dark line across each forewing and some blurry pale patches. The wingspan is about 8 cms.

The moths are inclined to land on fruit, and insert their proboscis to suck the juice. The resulting skin penetration allows fungus spores in which spoil the fruit.


male
(Photo: courtesy of Jasper Taylor, Research Services, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland)

The species occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of three Lepidopterous insects from Queensland.,
    Entomologist's Monthly Magazine,
    Volume 14 (1877), p. 109.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.6, p. 451.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 144.


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    (updated 4 May 2011, 10 April 2017)