Serrodes mediopallens L.B. Prout, 1924
CATOCALINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are light and dark blue-grey, often with a broad pale band across the middle of each forewing. The hindwings each have a pale basal half and a marginal darker half. The blue tinge fades to brown in museum specimens. The moths have a wingspan of about 7 cms. The moths feed on nectar and also the juice of damaged ripe fruit.


(B/W) photo by Louis Beethoven Prout,

Some apparently new Noctuidae from Sumatra, New Guinea, Mefor, and Buru,
Bulletin of the Hill Museum (Witley), Volume 1 (1924), Plate 15, fig. 2,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species occurs across the south-west Pacific, including

  • Fiji,
  • Papua,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Louis Beethoven Prout,
    Some apparently new Noctuidae from Sumatra, New Guinea, Mefor, and Buru,
    Bulletin of the Hill Museum (Witley),
    Volume 1 (1924), p. 447, No. 22, and also Plate 15, fig. 2.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 151.


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    (written 17 August 2013, updated 29 August 2013)