Nycteola indica (R. Felder 1874)
(one synonym : Selepa grisea Hampson, 1891)
SARROTHRIPINAE ,   NOLIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Sarrothripus strigivenata
,
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
Noctuidæ, Volume XI (1912), Plate CLXXXI, figure 8,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The adult moth of this species is brownish grey with variable vague dark markings on the forewings, sometimes streaky, sometimes blotchy. The hindwings are off-white, darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.


female, drawing by Rudolf Felder, listed as Sarrothripa indica
,
Heterocera Sphingida, Noctuida, in R. Felder & A.F. Rogenhofer: Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
Heft IV, Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), Plate CVI, fig. 19,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species occurs in south-east Asia, including

  • Borneo,
  • India, and
  • Sri Lanka.


    male, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Selepa grisea
    ,
    The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri District,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1893), Plate CXLVI, fig. 13,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species also occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    male, drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Clettharra pallescens
    ,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), Plate CLXIII, fig. 25,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder,
    Atlas der Heterocera Sphingida, Noctuida,
    in R. Felder & A.F. Rogenhofer:
    Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
    Heft IV, Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (1875), p. 8, and also Plate 106, fig. 19.

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri District,
    Illustrations of Typical Specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1891), p. 87, and also Plate CXLVI, fig. 13.

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), p. 108, and also Plate CLXIII, fig. 25.


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    (updated 7 August 2011)