Stenopterygia kebea (Bethune-Baker, 1906)
(one synonym is Stenopterygia cebeae Hampson, 1908)
NOCTUINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Stenopterygia kebea
((Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

These adult moths have patchy brown forewings, each with a subtle pattern of zigzag lines. The hindwings are brown, shading to pale brown at the bases. At rest the moth holds its wings like a tent over its body. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Stenopterygia kebea
((Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species occurs in

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Stenopterygia kebea
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Stenopterygia cebeæ,

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume VII (1908), Plate CXIII, fig. 27,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    New Noctuidae from British New Guinea,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 13 (1906), p. 221, No. 92.

    George Francis Hampson,
    Catalogue of Noctuidae in the British Museum,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum,
    Volume 7 (1908), p. 63, No. 2799, and also Plate 113, fig. 27.


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    (written 8 June 2019)