Dasypodia cymatodes Guenée, 1852
Northern Old Lady Moth
CATOCALINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Evan Harris, Ipswich, Queensland)

The adult of this species is brown with a pattern of zig-zag white-edged dark lines parallel to the margin. The outer margins are edged in white dots. Each forewing has a large blue, brown, and black eyespot in the central area. The eyespot has a triangular internal structure.


(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

The hindwings are brown each having a submarginal white-edged dark zizzag line, and marginal arc of black and white dots. The moth has a wingspan of about 8 cms.


close-up of head
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

The species has been found found in :

  • New Zealand,

    and in Australia in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Gary Brooks, Tinnanbar, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 55.6, p. 451.

    Achille Guenée,
    Ommatophoridae,
    in Boisduval & Guenée :
    Histoire naturelle des insectes,
    Volume 7 (1852), p. 175-176.


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    (updated 19 October 2011, 12 November 2016)