Barasa cymatistis (Meyrick, 1889)
(one synonym : Blenina alena Swinhoe, 1918)
NOLINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

Barasa cymatistis
(Photo: courtesy of (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has pale fawn forewings with a pattern of darker smudges and dots. The hindwings are white at the base, shading to pale fawn at the margins. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

Barasa cymatistis
male, drawing by George Francis Hampson,
,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume XI (1912), Plate CLXXXIV, figure 24,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The Species has been found in :

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1889, pp. 476-477, No. 69.


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    (updated 7 August 2011)