Syntypistis viridigriseus (Rothschild, 1917)
(one synonym is Syntypistis sciera Turner, 1922)
NOTODONTINAE,   NOTODONTIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Syntypistis viridigriseus
male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with large irregular pale areas, some around the base and the margin. The forewings also each have a prominent irregulatr dark submarginal line. The hindwings are pale brown, with dark areas around the wingtips. In life, the moths have a scattering of iridescent green scales on the wings. The wingspan of the male is about 4 cms. The wingspan of the female is about 6 cms.

Syntypistis viridigriseus
female, photo: Lionel Walter Rothschild
,
On some apparently new Notodontidae, Novitates Zoologicae, Volume 24 (1917), Plate III, fig. 23,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • northern Western Australia, and
  • northern Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Lionel Walter Rothschild,
    On some apparently new Notodontidae,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 24 (1917), pp. 243-244, No. 41, and also Plate III, fig. 23.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Saturniadae, Bombycidae, Eupterotidae, Notodontidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 47 (1922), p. 380, No. 35.


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    (written 23 December 2018)