Autoba abrupta (Walker, 1865)
(one synonym : Thalpochares wallengreni Snellen, 1880)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

This species is a pest on:

  • Lychee ( Litchi chinensis, SAPINDACEAE ).

    The adult moth has pale brown wings each with a dark transverse line. The forewings also have a pale mark at each wingtip. The hindwings also have a black dot at the tornus. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

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

    The species is found over south-east Asia, including

  • India,
  • Thailand,

    and also in Australia in:

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Autoba abrupta
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    Lepidoptera legacy of the summer that was 2010/11,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 61 (June 2011), pp. 18-20,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 33, Supplement 3 (1865), p. 830.


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    (updated 14 February 2010)