Parotis marinata (Fabricius, 1784)
(one synonym is Parotis psittacalis Hübner, 1831)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adults of this species are green with brown edges to the wings, except for a broad white band along the costa and inner margin of each hindwing. There is also a vague dark spot near the middle of each wing, and a black tuft at the tip of the abdomen. The legs are white with brown joints. The moths have a wing span of about 3 cms.


drawing by Jacob Hübner, listed as Parotis psittacalis,
Neuer oder rarer nichteuropäischer Gattungen, Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmettlinge,
Volume 3 (1825), Plate 90: fig. 523,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species is found over Asia, including

  • China (listed as Parotis psittacalis),
  • India,
  • New Guinea (listed as Margaronia maliferalis),
  • Timor (listed as Parotis planalis),

    and also Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    underside, drawing by Jacob Hübner, listed as Parotis psittacalis
    ,
    Neuer oder rarer nichteuropäischer Gattungen, Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmettlinge,
    Volume 3 (1825), Plate 90: fig. 524,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Volume 3, Part 2 (1794), p. 209, No. 298.

    Jacob Hübner,
    Neuer oder rarer nichteuropäischer Gattungen,
    Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmettlinge,
    Volume 3 (1825), p. 30, and also Plate 90: figs. 523, 524.


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    (written 13 December 2015)