Arrade leucocosmalis (Walker, 1863)
(one synonym : Larassa condecoralis Walker, 1865)
HYPENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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Stella Crossley

Arrade leucocosmalis
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

The adult moth has patchy brown forewings, each with some white patches, and three white zig-zag lines. The hindwings are yellow, with a brown splodge on the costa of each hindwing. The forewings have a cusp at the middle of the margin. The thorax is white. In its natural posture: the moth displays two tufts of scales, one each side of the abdomen. The forelegs are white, with dense black hairs covering the femurs. The wingspan is up to 2 cms.

Arrade leucocosmalis
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

The species has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), p. 117, No. 1.


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    (updated 15 April 2013)