Pygmaeomorpha aquila (H. Druce, 1899)
(one synonym: Pygmaeomorpha brunnea Bethune-Baker, 1904)
LIMACODIDAE ,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moths of this species have brown patterned forewings, and plain brown hindwings. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


photo by George Thomas Bethune-Baker, listed as Pygmaeomorpha brunnea

New Lepidoptera from British New Guinea, Novitates Zoologicae,
Volume 11 (1904), Plate 5, fig. 34,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London

The species occurs in :

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Lepidoptera from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 11 (1904), p. 387, No. 48, and also Plate 5, fig. 34.

    Herbert Druce,
    Descriptions of some new species of Heterocera from tropical America, Africa, India and the Eastern islands,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 7, Part 3 (1899), p. 474.


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    (written 15 March 2017)