(one synonym is Pterocyclophora pratti Druce, 1909)
CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The adult moth has variable patchy brown forewings, each having two dark lines from the costa, and a dark-edged pale or dark area along the margin. The hindwings are yellow, with a dark-edged pale or dark area along the margin. The forewings have hooked wing-tips, and each wing has a serated margin. One of the serrations on the each hindwing margin is elongated into a tail. The wingspan of the female is about 8 cms. The wingspan of the male is about 7 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
Descriptions of three new species of Heterocera from Dutch New Guinea,
Annals and magazine of natural history; zoology, botany, and geology,
Series 8, Part 3 (1909), p. 348.
George Francis Hampson,
Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
Volume 12 (1913), p. 468, No. 7504, and also Plate 116, figs. 9 & 10.
New moths from British New Guinea,
Volume 10 (1903), p. 122.
(written 28 May 2019, updated 18 July 2021)