Xylina ligniplena Walker, 1857
(often known as Dasygaster ligniplena)
HADENINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Xylina ligniplena
(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings, each having a complex pattern including dark-edged pale zigzag lines and pale patches. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening toward the margins. The hindwing margins are scalloped. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

Xylina ligniplena
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species occurs in Australia in

  • Tasmania.

    Xylina ligniplena
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

    The genera Xylina and Dasygaster are inappropriate for this species, but a suitable genus has yet to be described.


    Further reading:

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 11 (1857), p. 762, No. 7.


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    (written 16 June 2019)