(one synonym : Cangetta rectilinea Moore, 1886)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Cape Tribulation, Queensland)
The adult moths of this species are dark brown, with a vague white triangle on the costa of each forewing. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species now called Cangetta hartoghialis was described by Snellen from the above specimen taken in Neder Guinea (now Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa).
The next specimen named Cangetta rectilinea by Moore from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and later specimens from China and Australia, are currently thought to be the same species, but DNA evidence may yet prove they are different.
Thus currently the species is thought to occur in :
and in Australia in
The underside is similar to the upper surface.
Further reading :
George Francis Hampson,
The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
Part 9 (1893), p. 176, and also Plate 174, fig. 12.
The Lepidoptera of Ceylon,
L. Reeve, London, 1886, pp. 314-315, and also Plate 182 fig. 8.
Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
Bijdrage tot de Vlinder-fauna van Neder-Guinea,
Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
Volume 15 (1872), pp. 97-98, No. 84, and also Plate 7, figs. 6, 7.
(erroneously listed as figs. 14, 15 in Snellen's article)
On Indian and Australian moths,
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 7, Volume 8 (1901), p. 135.
(written 24 March 2015, updated 25 June 2018)