Rhapsa suscitatalis (Walker, 1859),
Wedged Rhapsa
CALPINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Rhapsa suscitatalis
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The adult moth of this species is brown, with a dark-edged white dot, and a complex black spot, on each forewing. The hindwings are pale brown, and crossed by one or two dark serrated or dotted arcs. The forewing tips are slightly recurved. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

Rhapsa suscitatalis
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria - Part 8)

The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Rhapsa suscitatalis
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    Rhapsa suscitatalis
    head with labial palpsextended
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    Rhapsa suscitatalis
    head with labial palps folded
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 44.16, p. 450.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 10-11, 12-13.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1859), pp. 83-84.


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    (updated 13 April 2013, 9 May 2019)