(formerly known as Phalaena obscura)
CATOCALINAE , NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The adult moths of this species are blue and brown, with an eye-spot on each forewing. In dead specimens, the blue fades to brown. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The females have a pale scalloped submarginal band on each wing, and their last two abdominal segments are red.
The species is found across the south Pacific, including :
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 71, 454.
De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld,
Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 3 (1782), p. 146, and also Plate 274, fig. B..
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 152.
(updated 24 June 2011, 30 January 2016)