Panacela nyctopa (Turner, 1922)
(formerly known as Mallodeta nyctopa)
PANACELINAE,   EUPTEROTIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Panacela nyctopa
male
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult male and female moths are rather different. The male is brown with a dark-edged band across each forewing, and the forewing tips are hooked. The wingspan of the male is about 3.5 cms.

Panacela nyctopa
female
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The female is grey, sometimes with a dark spot in the middle of each forewing. The wingspan of the female is about 4.5 cms.

Panacela nyctopa
male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species occurs in Australia, in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Panacela nyctopa
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Saturniadae, Bombycidae, Eupterotidae, Notodontidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 47 (1922), p. 359.


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    (written 17 October 2014, updated 30 July 2019)