Entomogramma torsa Guenée, 1852
Synonyms:-
(Entomogramma squamicornis R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874)
(Entomogramma vanua R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874)
CATOCALINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Entomogramma torsa
repaired digitally
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moth has brown forewings, each having several dark wavy transverse lines, two arcs of pointed dots, and a black-outlined oval spot. The hindwings are pale brown, each having several dark wavy transverse lines, and two arcs of pointed dots. The wingspan is up to 6 cms.

Entomogramma torsa
male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Entomogramma squamicornis
,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1874), Tafel CXV, Fig. 3,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in

  • Bangladesh,
  • Java,
  • Papua,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Entomogramma torsa
    male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Entomogramma vanua
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1874), Tafel CXV, Fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Part 9, Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 8, and also Plate 115, figs. 3 & 4.

    Achille Guenée,
    Hypopyridae,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), pp. 204-205, No. 1605.


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    (written 27 May 2019)