Cotana neurina Turner, 1922
EUPTEROTIDAE ,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Cotana neurina
female
(Photo: courtesy of Graham McDonald, taken in north Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are dimorphic. The female is brown with various markings including a dark-edged pale spot near the base of each forewing, and a prominent pale zig-zag submarginal line on each of the four wings.

Cotana neurina
male
(Photo: courtesy of Graham McDonald, taken in north Queensland)

The males are also brown with various markings, including a dark-edged pale spot near the base of each forewing, and with a prominent dark line across each forewing. The hindwings of the males are orange, each with some dark markings, including a vague dark line ending on the inner margin of each hindwing. The wingspans are about 6 cms.

The species occurs in the tropical north of Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Graham J. McDonald,
    Moths of Tropical North Queensland,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 75 (December 2014), pp. 7-12, Figures 1a and 1b.
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of of Australian Lepidoptera, Saturnidae, Bombycidae, Eupterotidae, Notodontidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 47 (1922), pp. 361-362.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 157.


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    (updated 30 March 2009)