Hypenagonia mesoscia (Turner, 1933)
(previously known as Hypenodes mesoscia)
HYPENINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hypenagonia mesoscia
(Photo: courtesy of Dom Funnell, Caravonica, Queensland)

The adult moth has grey or brown wings with a dark band across each one. Each forewing has a hooked apex, and a cusp on the margin at which there is a dark splotch. In its natural posture, the dark bands on the wings line up with a dark band across the middle of the abdomen, providing an axis for disruptive camouflage. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

Hypenagonia mesoscia
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 164.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 57 (1933), p. 169.


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    (written 22 July 2012)