(one synonym : Hypochalcia repugnalis Walker, 1863)
HERMINIIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The caterpillars of this species feed on dead leaves.
The adult moth has brown forewings each with submarginal zig-zag patterns including a dark comma shaped spot near the middle. The hind wings are pale brown, with dark brown line around the margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
This species occurs over south-east Asia, including :
as well as in Australia in
The species in this genus are very similar, and are still the subject of review.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 448.
Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), p. 66, No. 81, and also Plate 5, fig. 3.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 185.
(updated 7 February 2010, 20 October 2014, 29 December 2015)