Lymantria nephrographa Turner, 1915
(erroneously: Lymantria nephrogramma)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lymantria nephrographa
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moth is very striking. It has a buff coloured body with three black spots on each segment. The forewings have a pattern of dark brown zig-zag lines on white, and the hind wings are pale brown, often with a dark brown mark in the middle and black dots along the edge. It has a wingspan up to 7 cms.

Lymantria nephrographa
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

This species is found in the rainforests of the mid-east coast of Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 19.5, p. 429.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 111.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 27, Part 1 (1915), pp. 23-24.


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    (updated 11 February 2010)