Dura niveus (Bethune-Baker, 1904)
(one synonym: Imaus aroa Bethune-Baker, 1904)
LYMANTRIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth is white except for a faint brown pattern of zig zag lines on the forewings, a buff tinge on the hind wings, and a brown body. The male moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms. The female moth has a wingspan of about 9 cms.


(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Lepidoptera from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 11 (1904), p. 409, No. 106.

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Lepidoptera from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 11 (1904), p. 409, No. 108.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 20.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 107.


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    (updated 8 February 2010)