Mythimna nigrilinea (Leech, 1889)
(previously known as Leucania nigrilinea)
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 a forewing that is brown with a long black triangle expanding from base to margin. The hindwings are brown fading to white at the base. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


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

The species is found in

  • Japan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    drawing: by John Henry Leech, listed as Leucania nigrilinea,

    On the Lepidoptera of Japan and Corea - Part III: Heterocera, Sect. II, Noctues and Deltoides,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1889, Plate L, fig. 8,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.


    Further reading

    John Henry Leech,
    On the Lepidoptera of Japan and Corea - Part III: Heterocera, Sect. II, Noctues and Deltoides,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1889, pp. 482-483, No. 37, and also Plate 50, fig. 8.


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    (written 1 December 2012, updated 30 November 2015)