CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Mt Magnet, Western Australia)
The adult moths of this species have brown forewings, each having various markings including a white-encircled split dark brown eyespot near the middle, a small white-outlined dark brown teardrop below the eyespot, two white wavy transverse bands, and a submarginal arc of orange and white spots. The hindwings are white, each with a dark brown mark by the middle of the costa, some vague brown shading, and a marginal brown band containing a submarginal arc of orange and white spots.
The wingspan of the females is about 4 cms. The females have thread-like antennae. The wingspan of the males is about 3 cms. The males have clearly pectinated antennae.
The species has been found in
These specimens were amongst hundreds that came to the light sheet after a rare rain event in Mt Magnet in January 2020.
Further reading :
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic notes, No. XXIII,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 29 (1905), p. 174.
(written 13 February 2020)