Termioptycha eucarta (R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
(previously known as Ethnistis eucarta)
EPIPASCHIINAE,   PYRALIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Termioptycha eucarta
male
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This adult male moth has a bold black, brown, and off-white pattern on the forewings. The hindwings are orange-brown, shading darkerr at the margins. On the tail, it has a tuft of hairs. It rests with its tail lifted upward. The female is similar, but is brighter and has no tail tuft.

Termioptycha eucarta
female
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The species is found across south-east Asia, including

  • Indonesia,
  • Japan,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Termioptycha eucarta
    male, drawing by Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer, listed as Ethnistis eucarta
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), Plate CXXXVI, fig. 28,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 9, and also Plate 136, fig. 28.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 188.


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    (updated 23 August 2012, 13 September 2015)