Aethaloessa calidalis (Guenée, 1854)
(one synonym : Syngamia octavialis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aethaloessa calidalis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are black, with large overlapping orange spots on each wing. The thorax is black and orange. The abdomen is orange with a black tail. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Aethaloessa calidalis
(Tuvalu, 1980)

The species occurs across south-east Asia, including:

  • Hong Kong,
  • Okinawa,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand,

    as well as :

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), p. 294, No. 299

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 31.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 3 February 2017)