Arctornis queenslandica Mackey, 2016
LYMANTRIIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moths of this species are white with a green abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.


female underside, about to lay an egg
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

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 queenslandica and Arctornis lucens.

Arctornis queenslandica is found only in Australia, and has been found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Peter Mackey,
    Review of the Australian species of Arctornis Germar, 1810 (Lepidoptera:Erebidae:Lymantriinae),
    Australian Entomologist,
    Volume 43, Part 3 (2016), pp. 174-177.


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    (written 18 January 2017)