Zethes alfura R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875
(one synonym : Zethes apicebrunnea Bethune-Baker, 1906)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species has forewings that are pale brown, each with an oddly shaped dark mark at the wingtip. The hindwings are plain brown. Each forewing has a hooked tip and a cusp midway along the margin. Each hindwing has a doubly angled tornus. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer,

Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXIX, fig. 27,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in

  • Indonesia,
  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Lepidoptera from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 13 (1906), p. 275, No. 261.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 20, and also Plate 119, fig. 27.


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    (updated 22 November 2011)