Heliocheilus pallida (Butler, 1886)
(one synonym : Canthylidia rosea Warren, 1913)
HELIOTHINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Melicleptria osmida
,
Catalogue of the Noctuidæ in the Collection of the British Museum,
Volume IV (1903), Plate LVII, fig. 17,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth has pale brown forewings sometimes with a white diagonal stripe on each one, and buff hindwings sometimes with darker margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

This species has been taken in

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


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of 21 new genera and 103 new species of Lepidoptera Heterocera from the Australian region,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1886, Part 4, p. 406, No. 42.

    Marcus Matthews,
    Heliothine Moths of Australia:
    A Guide to Pest Bollworms and Related Noctuid Groups,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1999.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    New and little known moths from India and Australia,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Volume 8 (1901), p. 126.


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    (updated 8 August 2011, 29 June 2017)