Sympis rufibasis Guenée, 1852
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species are long and thin with a narrow head and tail. The caterpillars are brown or green, with prominent pale line along each side. The caterpillars have been reported to feed on various plants in SAPINDACEAE, including:

  • Lychee ( Litchi chinensis ),
  • Longan ( Dimocarpus longan ), and
  • Rambutan ( Nephelium lappaceum ),

    as well as

  • Euphorbia species, EUPHORBIACEAE.

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

    The adult moth has an orange thorax, and variable patterns of the wings. Often the basal half of each forewing is orange, and the other half of each forewing is brown, with a white line dividing the colours. The brown half also contains an irregular orange spot. The hindwings are brown and black with a white spot or streak. The forewings each have a hooked wingtip. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.

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

    The moth has unusual hairy flaps on its forelegs and its labial palps.

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

    The species is found across south-east Asia, including:

  • Borneo,
  • China,
  • Java,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand,

    as well as the northern half of Australia, including:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 20.5, p. 451.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites III,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 344, No. 1809.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 154.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 194.


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    (updated 4 March 2011, 5 May 2017)