Armactica columbina Walker, 1865
CHLOEPHORINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Armactica columbina
(Photo: copyright of Uwe Path, Alice SPrings, Northern Territory)

This moth has dark grey fore wings with the outer edge marked by a succession of coloured bands: grey, then white, brown, and black. There is a small but bright blue eyespot near the centre of each fore wing, and a row of five smaller eyespots in each brown band. The hind wings are yellow with a black border. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

Armactica columbina

The species is found over much of Australia, including :

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

    Armactica columbina
    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.2, p. 457.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 167.

    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. 808.


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    (updated 1 April 2011, 9 February 2014)