Camptomastix hisbonalis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym is Diplotyla longipalpis Butler, 1889)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Arthur G. Butler, listed as Diplotyla longipalpis
,
Illustrations of Typical Specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 7 (1889), Asopiidae, Plate CCCXXXV, fig 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

The adult moths of this species have dark brown forewings, each with various markings, including dark zigzag transverse lines and an irregular pale spot near the middle each forewing. The hindwings are brown shading darker at the margins, with obscure dark zigzag lines. The moths have a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

At rest, the moths hold their wings flat with the forewings angled back to cover the hindwings, making a triangular outline.

The species occurs in south-east Asia, including

  • Borneo,
  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Japan,
  • New Guinea,
  • Taiwan,

    and including Australia in

  • New South Wales.


    Further reading

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Asopiidae,
    Illustrations of Typical Specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 7 (1889), pp. 95-96, and also Plate 135, fig. 4.

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 18 (1859), p. 707, No. 280.


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    (written 13 March 2017)