Scorpiopsis pyrobola (Meyrick, 1887)
(previously known as Gonionota superba)
DEPRESSARIIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Scorpiopsis pyrobola
(Photo: courtesy of Bill Farnsworth, Innisfail, Queensland)

The moths of this species have rusty brown forewings covered in white spots of various sizes. The hindwings are a plain off-white. The legs and labial palps are rusty brown too, with white bands at the joints. The labial palps are very long, and curve right over the head. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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

The species is found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.4, p. 238.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of new Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 4 (1887), p. 1041.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 51.


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    (updated 6 February 2010, 20 July 2014)