Lophotoma metabula Turner, 1902
HYPENINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo courtesy of Deb Ralph, and Rod Ralph's hand, Greenway, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth is grey or brown with a crest of erectable scales on the thorax. The forewings each have a variable irregular dark spot near the middle, and two pale-edged dark lines: one a sometimes broad straight diagonal dark line from hind margin to near the tornus, and another zigzag line across the middle of the wing. The hindwings are each pale brown darkening toward the margin, each sometimes with a row of dark dots along the margin, and a dark smudge near the middle.


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species is found in :

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Genera and Species of Lepidoptera belonging to the Family Noctuidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 27, Part 1 (1902), p. 129.


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    (written 13 February 2018)