Hyblaea constellata Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Hyblaea contraria Walker, 1865)
HYBLAEIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hyblaea constellata
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda)

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.

Hyblaea constellata
(Photo: courtesy of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario)

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.

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

The species occurs in south-east Asia, including:

  • China,
  • Indonesia,
  • Japan,
  • Taiwan,

    and also in Australia in:

  • Queensland.

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 8.22, p. 337.

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 391, No. 1251.


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    (updated 21 July 2010)