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 adult of this species is orange on the thorax and the basal half of each forewing, and brown on the other half of each forewing, with a white line dividing the colours. The brown half also contains an orange spot. The hindwings are brown and black with a white spot. The forewings each have a hooked wingtip. The moth has a wingspan of about 5 cms.

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

  • China,
  • Java,
  • 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)