Crocidolomia luteolalis Hampson, 1893
EVERGESTINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with various markings which depend on the sex. The hindwings are yellow with black wingtips. The inner margins of the forewings each have a cusp. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Crocidolomia luteolalis
male, drawing by George F. Hampson,

The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon, Part IX (1893), Plate CLXXIII, fig. 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The male has darker brown forewings, each with pale yellow markings including two white spots.

Crocidolomia luteolalis
female, drawing by George F. Hampson,

The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon, Part IX (1893), Plate CLXXIII, fig. 11,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The female has plain chestnut-brown forewings with vaguer markings.

The species is found in south-east Asia, including

  • Sri Lanka,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    llustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), p. 168, and also Plate 173, figs. 4, 11.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 29.


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    (written 17 March 2012, updated 2 April 2015)