Thriponea nigrostrigata Bethune-Baker, 1905)
(one synonym : Barasa orthosticha Turner, 1920)
SARROTHRIPINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
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Thriponea nigrostrigata
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, listed as Platyprosopa nigrostrigata)

The adult moth of this species has greenish-brown forewings, each with a pale wiggly subterminal line, and a triangular dark mark on the costa of each forewing.

Thriponea nigrostrigata
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, listed as Platyprosopa nigrostrigata)

The hindwings are pale brown, with dark veins. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.

Thriponea nigrostrigata
male, drawing by George Thomas Bethune-Baker, listed as Argyrothripa nigrostrigata
,
Notes on a small collection of Heterocera from the Fiji Islands, with descriptions of some new species,
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1905, Part 1, Plate 8, fig. 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in south-east Asia and across the Pacific, including

  • Fiji,
  • Indonesia,
  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Thriponea nigrostrigata
    female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Checupa nigrostrigata,

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume VII (1908), Plate CX, figure 21,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.


    Further reading :

    George Thomas Bethune-Baker,
    Notes on a small collection of Heterocera from the Fiji Islands, with descriptions of some new species,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1905, Part 1, p. 93.


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    (updated 25 October 2011, 15 August 2019)