Dysgonia curvisecta (L.B. Prout, 1919)
(previously known as Parallelia curvisecta)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

These caterpillars are grey with black spots, and are thought to feed on various plants in the family EUPHORBIACEAE.

The adult moths of this species are brown, each forewing having a large curved dark triangular marking. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

Some authors consider this to be a subspecies of Bastilla joviana, which is found from South Africa to the Moluccas.

Dysgonia curvisecta occurs in

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Louis Beethoven Prout,
    New and insufficiently-known moths in the Joicey Collection,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 9, Volume 3 (1919), p. 185, No. 30.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 133.


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    (updated 10 October 2011)