Leucania obusta Guenée, 1852
(also known as Cirphis obusta Hampson, 1905)
HADENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Riddells Creek, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species have reddish-brown forewings, and hindwings that are dark brown fading toward the bases. The wingspan is about 4.5 cms.


male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Cirphis obusta
,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume v (1905), Plate XCI, figure 17,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

This species occurs in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    The genus into which this species should be placed is controversial.


    Further Reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 74, No. 95.

    George Francis Hampson,
    Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 5 (1905), pp. 479-480, No. 1830, and also Plate 91, fig. 17.


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    (updated 17 October 2011, 5 January 2017)