Sophta hapalopis Turner,
1925
Two-toned Hookwing
(also known as Laspeyria hapalopis)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth of this species has brown wings with each forewing having a kidney-shaped dark spot near the middle, and shaded zones with sinuous boundaries. The hindwings are paler, with only two zones. The forewings have a hooked wing-tip and sinuous margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    The classification of this species in CATOCALINAE or ACONTIINAE is controversial.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 28-29.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 49 (1925), p. 40.


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    (written 29 May 2019)