Simplicia armatalis (Walker, [1866])
Crescent Moth
(one synonym : Herminia delicata T.P. Lucas, 1892)
HERMINIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The adult moth of this species is brown, with a shaded white concave curved line across the margin of each forewing, and a shaded white straight line along the margin of each hindwing. The adult moth has a wing span of about 3 cms.

The moth normally rests with the wings flat, the forewings covering the hindwings, so that the curved lines along the margin of each forewing are aligned to give a continuous circular arc. Also it holds it mouthparts together and sticks them up in font of its face.

Specimens have been taken in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    On 34 new species of Australian Lepidoptera, with additional localities,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 8 (1892), p. 90.

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 30-31.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 34, Supplement 4 (1866), p. 1173.


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    (updated 9 April 2013)