Stella Crossley & Bart Hacobian
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The adult moth of this species brown forewings each with a yellow spot on the margin. The hindwings are orange with yellow margins. The head and thorax are orange, and the abdomen red with a brown last segment bearing a tuft of yellow hairs. The wingspan is about 6 cms.
The moth has an unusual threat display if disturbed during the day while resting. They hold their wings up and a bit forward to display the bright red patches on the hindwing upperside and forewing underside, and partly uncoil their bright yellow haustellum.
The species lives in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 27.11, p. 380.
Bart S.P. Hacobian,
A new species of Hypsidia Rothschild (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) from Queensland and a redescription of the genus,
Australian Journal of Entomology,
Volume 25, Part 4 (1986), pp. 301-308.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 54.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 148.
(updated 19 January 2013, 25 August 2019)