Pygmaeomorpha modesta Bethune-Baker, 1904
(one synonym: Birthama leucosticta Turner, 1904)
LIMACODIDAE ,   ZYGAENOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


female
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have brown patterned forewings, and plain brown hindwings. The males have a small white spot near the middle of each forewing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


male
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species occurs in :

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    male, photo by George Thomas Bethune-Baker,

    New Lepidoptera from British New Guinea, Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 11 (1904), Plate 5, fig. 35,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library,
    digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Lepidoptera from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 11 (1904), p. 387, No. 47, and also Plate 5, fig. 35.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 106.


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    (updated 29 August 2010)