Choreutis basalis (R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
(formerly known as Simaethis basalis)
CHOREUTIDAE ,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species feed on the foliage of:

  • Figs ( Ficus species, MORACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Bishop Museum)

    The adults have dark brown wings, with each forewing having a yellow bar across it. The hindwings each have a yellow patch.


    female, drawing by Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer, listed as Simaethis basalis
    ,
    Lepidoptera. Heft IV, V. Atlas der Heterocera Sphingida. Noctuida,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), Plate CXXXVIII, Fig. 19,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species has been found in

  • Amboina,
  • New Guinea,
  • Taiwan,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 7.1, p. 293.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Lepidoptera. Heft IV, V. Atlas der Heterocera Sphingida. Noctuida,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 18,, and also Plate 138, Fig. 19.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 22.


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    (updated 2 January 2012)