Icta fulviceps Walker, 1855
LYMANTRIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The male adult moth has dark grey forewings, each with an orange costa. The hindwings are grey. The antennae, head, collar, and tip of the abdomen are orange. The thorax and most of the abdomen are black and hairy. The wingspan of the male moth is about 2 cms.

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

The female is black and hairy, and has vestigial wings, so cannot fly. She also has some orange hairs on the end segments of the abdomen.

The species is found in :

  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 4 (1855), pp. 922-923.


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    (written 18 March 2018)