Erebus macfarlanei (Butler, 1876)
(one synonym : Patula moriola Swinhoe, 1918)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Nyctipao macfarlanei
,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume XII (1913), Plate CCVI, figure 1,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The adult moths of this species have brown patterned wings, with an eyespot on each forewing. The wingspan can be up to 13 cms.

The species occurs in

  • Indonesia,
  • New Guinea, and
  • Solomons,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    On a small collection of Lepidoptera from Cape York and the south-east coast of New Guinea,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 4, Volume 18 (1876), pp. 127-128, No. 36.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.10, p. 455.


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    (updated 22 October 2011, 27 March 2016)