Pandesma submurina Walker, 1865
(previously known as Michera submurina)
Pale Migrant
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pandesma submurina
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on plants in the family FABACEAE.

Pandesma submurina
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moth has brown forewings with indistinct darker markings, and buff coloured hindwings, each with a large dark spot near the tornus. It has a wing span of about 4 cms.

Pandesma submurina
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species is found in :

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 45.12, p. 451.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 8,
    Night Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA(B)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2017, pp. 20-21.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 33, Supplement 3 (1865), p. 810.


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    (updated 21 July 2012)