Sasunaga leucorina Hampson, 1908
(one synonym : Magusa olivaria Hampson, 1908)
HADENINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The forewings of the adult moths have patterns of light and dark brown on the wings, including a pale line across each wingtip. The adults are dimorphic, with male and female having different patterns, so that originally they were thought to be two different species. In particular: the female has a pale bar extending from the base to halfway across each forewing. The hindwings are brown with dark veins. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Sasunaga leucorina
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Magusa leucorina
,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume VIII (1909), Plate CIX, figure 9,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species occurs in

  • Indonesia, and
  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Queensland.

    Sasunaga leucorina
    female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Magusa olivaria
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume VIII (1909), Plate CIX, figure 7,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The species has previously been placed in ACRONICTINAE.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    Catalogue of the Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 7 (1908), p. 55, No. 2791, and p. 57, No. 2793, and also Plate 109, figs. 7 & 9.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 121.


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    (updated 20 July 2012, 26 February 2016)