Hydrillodes lentalis Guenée, 1854
(one synonym : Hypochalcia repugnalis Walker, 1863)
HERMINIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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.


male, drawing by Achille Guenée
,
in Boisduval & Guenée: Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), Plate 5, fig. 3,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

This species occurs over south-east Asia, including :

  • Andaman Islands,
  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Japan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • Norfolk Island.

    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.

    Achille Guenée,
    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.


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    (updated 7 February 2010, 20 October 2014, 29 December 2015)