LYMANTRIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The adult moths of this species are white with a green abdomen. The moths have a black dot in the middle of each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
This species has formerly been confused with Arctornis submarginata which is a species found over much of Indonesia, and was thought to have a range extending into Australia. However in 2016 Peter Mackey determined that the Australian specimens actually belonged to two new separate species: Arctornis lucens and Arctornis queenslandica.
Arctornis lucens is found only in Australia, and has been found in
Further reading :
Review of the Australian species of Arctornis Germar, 1810 (Lepidoptera:Erebidae:Lymantriinae),
Volume 43, Part 3 (2016), pp. 177-180.
(written 18 January 2017, updated 10 February 2018, 24 April 2021)