Chrysopera combinans (Walker, 1858)
(one synonym is Achaea quadrilunata Pagenstecher, 1890)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chrysopera combinans
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The caterpillar of this species is brown with pale squiggly lines along the body. The first pair of prolegs is reduced.

The adult moth has brown wings, with each forewing having a pale area by the wingtip, and each hindwing having a large pale yellow area across the wingtip. The wingspan is up to 4 cms.

The species has been found across south-east Asia, including

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Malaysia,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Thailand, and
  • Vietnam,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Chrysopera combinans
    showing undersides
    (Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    Arnold Pagenstecher,
    Beiträge zur Lepidopteren-fauna des Malayischen Archipels VI,
    Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde,
    Volume 43 (1890), pp. 109-110, No. 4.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 14 (1858), p. 1399, No. 19.


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    (written 25 May 2019)