CALPINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, near Millaa Millaa, Queensland)
The live adult moth of this species is mainly dark brown, but the forewings particularly have a purple iridescence if viewed from the right direction. There are several dark markings, including some submarginal lines on each forewing. The head and collar are red or orange with a white outline, In death, the purple colour fades to brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
L. Reeve, London, Volume 3 (1886), p. 554, and also Plate 215, fig. 2.
(written 20 March 2016)