Earias luteolaria Hampson, 1891
CHLOEPHORINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA,  
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Earias luteolaria
cocoon
(Photo: couresy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

This moth emerged from a cylindrical pale brown papery cocoon on a leaf.

Earias luteolaria
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have orange-yellow forewings each with purplish-brown markings, including a central spot. and several broken lines. The forewings have narrow rusty margins with short white hairy fringes.

Earias luteolaria
(Photo: couresy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

The hindwings are white with a partial narrow rusty margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Earias luteolaria
showing a hindwing
(Photo: couresy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

The underside is pale yellow with a brown spot near the middle of each wing, and a brown spot under the costa of each forewing.

Earias luteolaria
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

This species is found across south-east Asia, including:

  • Borneo,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Japan,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Earias luteolaria
    drawing by George Francis Hampson,

    The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri District,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part VIII (1891), Plate CXXXIX, fig. 16,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri District,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1891), p. 46, and also Plate 139, fig. 16.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 168.


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    (updated 1 April 2011, 21 December 2017, 28 May 2020)