Heliocheilus mesoleuca (Lower, 1902)
(formerly known as Cathylidia mesoleuca)
HELIOTHINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


female, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Melicleptria aleurota
,
Catalogue of the Noctuidæ in the Collection of the British Museum,
Volume IV (1903), Plate LVII, fig. 14,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth has forewings that are dark brown, with three radial light streaks on each one. The hindwings are buff with dark borders. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

The species has been taken in inland Australia in

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


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Species of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1902), pp. 640-641.

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999, pp. 77-79, 168-169, 199, Plate 9.


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