Oreta jaspidea (Warren, 1896)
(one synonym: Holoreta rubicunda Warren, 1902)
DREPANIDAE,   DREPANOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Oreta jaspidea
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has yellow to brown wings, with some bubbly looking speckles near the base, and sometimes with a wavy line from wingtip to the middle of the inner margin of each forewing.

Oreta jaspidea
(Picture: courtesy of CSRIO Ecosystem Sciences)

The forewings have the characteristic hooked wingtips of this moth family DREPANIDAE. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Oreta jaspidea
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species occurs in

  • Papua,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Oreta jaspidea
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 11.3, p. 380.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 54.

    William Warren,
    New species of Drepanulidae, Thyrididae, Uraniidae, Epilemidae, and Geometridae in the Tring Museum,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 3 (1896), pp. 335-336.


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    (updated 18 January 2013)