Hypsidia robinsoni Hacobian, 1986
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Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley & Bart Hacobian

Hypsidia robinsoni
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.

Hypsidia robinsoni
display posture
(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Milaa Milaa, Queensland)

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 proboscis.

The species lives in

  • Queensland.


    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.

    Buck Richardson,
    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.


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    (updated 19 January 2013, 25 August 2019)