Crithote pannicula (Swinhoe, 1904)
(previously known as Baniana pannicula)
CALPINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species has grey or brown wings. The forewings of the females each have bold dark patch by the base, a black spot near the costa, and a large irregular dark marginal band, each outlined in white. Predators and imaginative humans may see a dark furrowed brow above two beady black eyes, below which is a wide gaping dark mouth. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The males have forewings that are dark except that each has a pale basal area that extends along the costa.

The species occurs in

  • Indonesia,
  • New Guinea,
  • Philippines,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 130.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    On some new butterflies and moths from the east,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Volume 14 (1904), p. 423, No. 13.


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    (updated 12 October 2012)