Tabidia insanalis Snellen, 1880
(one synonym : Heterocnephes felix Butler, 1887)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tabidia insanalis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is green with brown speckles on the thorax and the tail.

Tabidia insanalis
drawing by Pieter C. T. Snellen, listed as Tabidia insanalis
,
Lepidoptera van Celebes, Volume 26 (1883), Plate 8, fig. 6,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth is brown with wavy white bands outlined in dark brown on each wing.

The species occurs in

  • New Guinea,
  • Sulawesi,

    and also in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 49.

    Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
    Nieuwe Pyraliden op Celebes gevonden,
    Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 23 (1880), pp. 220-221, No. 24,
    and
    Google English translation

    Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
    Lepidoptera van Celebes,
    Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 26 (1883), pp. 136-37, No. 55, and also Plate 8, fig. 6.
    (although this looks nothing like the 1880 description to me: DHE)


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    (written 7 August 2013, updated 27 March 2015)