Lithilaria proestans T.P. Lucas, 1895
Sculpted Bone Moth
(formerly known as Hypoena proestans)
HERMINIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: courtesy of Duncan Fraser, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The adult moth has a wing span of about 3 cms. It is brown, with each forewing having a recurved wingtip, and a pair of dark chevron marks by the wingtip, and three dark marks on the margin by the wingtip. The moths, especially the male, have very long labial palps which they normally hold curved over the head.

The species has been reported in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Australian Lepidoptera: thirty new species,
    Transactions of the Natural History Society of Queensland,
    Volume 1 (1895), p. 113.

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


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    (written 21 December 2015)