Donuca xanthopyga (Turner, 1909)
(previously known as Calliodes xanthopyga)
CATOCALINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moths of this species have brown patterned wings, with orange on the thorax and in the area around the base of each wing, a brown Greek letter theta on each forewing, and a wiggly-edged broad white stripe across each wing. The penultimate three segments of the abdomen are yellow. The wingspan is about 7 cms.


male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Donuca xanthopyga
,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume XII (1912), Plate CCX, figure 11,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species is found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    At the Light Trap: Records of daytime flying moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Agaristinae) and the genus Donuca (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae),
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 55 (December 2009), pp. 24-27,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 133.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera belonging to the family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 34 (1909), p. 345.


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    (updated 12 October 2011)