Balantiucha mutans (Butler, 1887)
(formerly known as Erosia mutans )
EPIPLEMINAE ,   URANIIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have a brownish-grey pattern, with a white subterminal line on each wing, and a large dark spot on the inner margin of each forewing. The inner margin of the forewing is concave. Like many in this subfamily (EPIPLEMINAE): the moth often exhibits an interesting resting posture. This one sometimes creases its wings, and sometimes has its the hindwings above its forewings.

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

The species occurs in :

  • New Guinea,
  • Solomons,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of new Species of Moths (Noctuites) from the Solomon Islands,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 5, Volume 19 (1887), pp. 434-435, No. 4.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 214 ( listed as Phazaca mutans).


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    (updated 8 July 2011)