Talanga sexpunctalis (Moore, 1877)
(one synonym: Cataclysta nympha Butler, 1880)

SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species feed on various species of

  • Fig Trees ( Ficus species, MORACEAE ).

    The adult moth is yellow with a prominent brown triangle on each forewing costa, a set of six black spots near each hindwing tornus, and a number of transparent windows. The wings have an iridescent sheen.

    Talanga sexpunctalis
    drawing by Frederic Moore, listed as Oligostigma sexpunctalis
    ,
    The Lepidopterous Fauna of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, Part 3 (1877), Plate LX, fig. 12,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • Andaman & Nicobar Islands,
  • Cambodia,
  • China,
  • New Guinea,
  • Philippines,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Frederic Moore,
    The Lepidopterous Fauna of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    Part 3 (1877), p. 616, and also Plate 60, fig. 12.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 50.


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    (updated 13 June 2005, 3 April 2015)