Adrapsa ablualis Walker, [1859]
(one synonym : Bocana titysusalis Walker, 1859)
HERMINIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth has a wing span of about 3 cms. The wings are brown, and each has typically a dark-edged pale transverse line. Also the forewings each have a pale costa, and two white marks separated by the pale line. The longlabial palps are normally held upcurved in front of the head.


male, close-up, showing pectinate antennae
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species is found in south-east Asia, including:

  • Hong Kong,
  • Japan,
  • Nepal,
  • Taiwan,

    and also in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 162.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1859), p. 170, No. 1.


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    (updated 5 August 2012)