Calathusa basicunea Walker, 1858
(one synonym : Corula ababaea Turner, 1902)
HYPENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth is yellow with dark zig-zag patterns on each forewing, and a dark border to each hindwing. The wingspan is about 4 cms.


female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Calathusa ababaea,

Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume XI (1912), Plate CLXXXIV, figure 14,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The species occurs over much of

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.11, p. 458.

    George F. Hampson,
    Noctuidae,
    Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Volume 11 (1912), p. 381, No. 6704, and also Plate 184, figure 14.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 15 (1858), p. 1645-1646, No. 1.


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    (updated 7 August 2011)