Hypena obacerralis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym : Hypena longipalpalis Guenée, 1862)
HYPENINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hypena obacerralis
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moth has pale brown forewings, each with a line from the middle of the hind-margin to 3/4 the way along the costa separating a paler marginal half, and a diffuse dark submarginal band. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, listed as Hypena masurialis, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The species has been found in <

  • Congo,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Hypena obacerralis is superficially very similar to Rhynchina obliquarlis, and they are confused in many collections. We hope we got the above photos correctly identified.


    Further reading :

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

    Francis Walker,
    Deltoids,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1859), pp. 51, 53-54.


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    (written 25 May 2020)