Leucania leucosta Lower, 1902
(previously known as Cirphis leucosta)
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have rusty brown forewings, each with a black-edged pale dot near the middle, and a narrow white line along the costa.


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The hindwings are white with brown veins and margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The moths are found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • South Australia.


    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Cirphis leucosta
    ,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume V (1905), Plate XCI, figure 26,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 644.


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    (updated 12 August 2012)