Chrysothyridia invertalis (Snellen, 1877)
(previously known as Gonocausta invertalis)
SPILOMELINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chrysothyridia invertalis
male
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult male moth of this species has brown wings, with two irregular outlined pale green marks on the costa of each forewing. The wingtips are recurved, and the wing margins each have a smooth cusp. There is a black tuft of hairs on the tip of the abdomen. The female is similar to the male but paler, and has no anal hair tuft. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Chrysothyridia invertalis
female
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.

    Chrysothyridia invertalis
    undersides of wings, drawing by P.C.T. Snellen, listed as Gonocausta invertalis
    ,
    Lepidoptera van Sumatra, Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 20 (1877), Plate 6, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 35.

    Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
    Lepidoptera van Sumatra,
    Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 20 (1877), pp. 78-79, and also Plate 6, fig. 4.


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    (updated 25 September 2012, 4 November 2015)