Deuterarcha xanthomela Meyrick, 1884
(one synonym : Emprepes insignis Butler, 1886)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Deuterarcha xanthomela
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

This adult moth is orange with a bold black pattern.

Deuterarcha xanthomela
(Photo: courtesy of Uwe Path, Alice Springs, Northern Territory)

The hindwings are dark brown, each fading to yellow near the base and at the tornus. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Deuterarcha xanthomela
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Victorian Alps, Victoria)

The species is found in Australia in:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    Deuterarcha xanthomela
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
    .


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 34.5, p. 355.

    Edward Meyrick,
    On the classification of Australian Pyralidina,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1884, p. 313.


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    (updated 27 January 2013, 13 December 2013)