Acontia crocata Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Acontia signifera Walker, 1858)
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Acontia crocata
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

These caterpillars have been found on:

  • Privet ( Ligustrum vulgare, OLEACEAE ).

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

    The adult moths of this species are dimorphic. The male has brown forewings each with a large orange area around the base.

    Acontia crocata
    male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Tarache crocata,

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume X (1910), Plate CLXXII, fig. 15,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The female has dark brown forewings with several variable white patches on the costa. For both sexes: each hindwing is orange with a broad brown band along the margin. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

    Acontia crocata
    female, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Tarache crocata,

    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British Museum,
    Noctuidæ, Volume X (1910), Plate CLXXII, fig. 16,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The species has been found in

  • France, and
  • India,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites II,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 989.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 112.


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    (updated 9 August 2011)