Sarobela litterata (Pagenstecher, 1888)
(formerly known as Plusia litterata)
HYPENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Sarobela litterata
drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Athyrma aurotincta
,
Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
Part IX (1893), Plate CLXIII, fig. 10,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

The adult moth is greyish brown with dark sinuous patches each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown. The labial palps are long and normally projected forward. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Hong Kong,
  • Philippines,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), p. 105, No. 549, and also Plate 163, fig. 10.

    Arnold Pagenstecher,
    Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde,
    Volume 41 (1888), p. 137, No. 364.


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    (written 4 April 2015)