Musotima suffusalis (Hampson, 1893)
(formerly known as Ambia suffusalis)
MUSOTIMINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Musotima suffusalis
digitally repaired
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moths of this species have yellow wings with various white and dark brown markings. The wingspan is about 1.2 cms.

Musotima suffusalis
female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Ambia suffusalis
,
Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon, Part IX (1893), Plate CLXXIX, fig. 20,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found across south-east Asia, including

  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Java,
  • Singapore,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • far north Queensland.


    Further reading :

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), p. 178, and also Plate 174, fig. 20.


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    (written 12 March 2019)