(one synonym : Hyblaea contraria Walker, 1865)
HYBLAEIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The adult moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms. The upper wing surfaces are brown either with vague blotchy markings or with a curved pale band across the centre and a less distinct white band across the tip of each forewing. There are four yellow blotches on each hindwing.
Underneath, the forewings are brown with two yellow marks on the costa of each forewing, and orange under each hindwing with a dark mark at the tornus.
The species occurs in south-east Asia, including:
and also in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 8.22, p. 337.
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 391, No. 1251.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 97.
(updated 21 July 2010)