Donuca orbigera (Guenée, 1852)
(previously known as Calliodes orbigera)
CATOCALINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Donuca orbigera
(Photo: courtesy of Jeff Keyes, Sportsman Creek Wildlife Refuge, New South Wales)

This adult moth has a spectacular pattern, with bold white lines and two large eyespots. Note how the diagonal lines on the wings link up when the moth is at rest to give it a false axis.

The moth has a penchant for facing downward when clinging to a vertical surface. In this orientation: one might imagine that it is a huge face with a slightly open mouth and a striped nose. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.

Donuca orbigera
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species is found over the northern half of Australia, in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Donuca orbigera
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Scott Gavins, Fraser Coast, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 21.14, p. 454.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites III,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 193, No. 1589.

    Peter Hendry,
    At the Light Trap: Records of daytime flying moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Agaristinae) and the genus Donuca (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae),
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 55 (December 2009), pp. 24-27,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Wesley Jenkinson,
    Moths photographed at Obum Obum,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 73 (June 2014), p. 31,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 132.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 192.


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    (updated 22 March 2013)