Westermannia gloriosa (Hampson, 1912)
(possibly a synonym of Vestermannia superba Hübner, 1823)
CHLOEPHORINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Westermannia gloriosa
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are green with pairs of yellow spots along the back. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Terminalia ( COMBRETACEAE ), and
  • Lagerstroemia ( LYTHRACEAE ).

    This species has adult moths with dark brown forewings each with a winding white band across the middle. The hindwings are off-white, with dark brown margins. The wingspan is about 4.5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • India,
  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland.

    Westermannia gloriosa
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson,
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume XI (1912), Plate CLXXXIX, figure 32,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Volume 11 (1912), p. 606, No. 7026, and also Plate 189, figure 32.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 170.


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    (updated 9 August 2011, 28 August 2019)