Elesma subglauca Walker, 1865
Grey Elesma
(one synonym : Metapsila ptilomela Lower, 1900)
NOLINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Elesma subglauca
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

The adult moth of this species has grey forewings with a faint tracery pattern. The hindwings are white, shading to grey at the wingtips. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms. The sexes are similar.

Elesma subglauca
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Moths of Victoria: Part 2)

This species is found over most of the southern half of Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Victoria, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    Further reading :

    Peter Marriott,
    Moths of Victoria - Part 2,
    Tiger Moths and Allies - NOCTUOIDEA (A)
    ,
    Entomological Society of Victoria, 2009, pp. 32-33.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 32, Supplement 2 (1865), pp. 608-609.


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    (updated 6 July 2013)