Sympis parkeri T.P. Lucas, 1894
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Sympis parkeri
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult of this species has forewings that each have an orange basal half, and a brown marginal half fading to white at the margins, which includes a red trident mark. The forewings each have a slightly hooked wingtip. Each hindwing is black at the margin fading to brown at the base, with a pale bar across the middle. The legs are white.

Sympis rufibasis
(Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

The wingspan is about 4 cms. The moth has unusual hairy flaps on its forelegs and its labial palps.

Sympis rufibasis
showing hairy foreleg flaps
(Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)

The species has been found in Australia, in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Sympis rufibasis
    (Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera, with additional localities for known species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 8 (1894), pp. 152-153.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 152.


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    (updated 16 May 2011, 15 April 2018)