CATOCALINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Paul Kay, Cairns, Queensland)
The adult moths of this species have brown patterned wings, with a large indistinct pale patch on each forewing, and two solid white patches on each hindwing. The penultimate segments of the abdomen are orange. The legs are dark brown with some white banding.
The wing undersides are white with broad dark brown margins, and with a black spot near the middle of each forewing. The underside of the abdomen is orange, however the foreleg femurs have only brown hairs.
The species has been recorded in
Some taxonomists have synonomised this species with Donuca spectabilis. However, Walker himself, the author of both species, clearly thought they were different species, differing particularly in the colouring of hairs on the foreleg femurs. Also the distinguished Lepidopterist Ian Common treated the species as distinct in his book Moths of Australia. So here we list them separately.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 21.15, p. 454.
At the Light Trap: Records of daytime flying moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Agaristinae) and the genus Donuca (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae),
Issue 55 (December 2009), pp. 24-27,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Volume 33 (1865), pp. 926-927.
(updated 14 June 2011, 25 March 2016, 20 February 2020)